Duke of Cambridge presents Deborah James with Damehood at family home

The Duke of Cambridge introduced podcast presenter Deborah James to a damehood at his family home.

The 40-year-old woman, known online as Bowel Babe, was honored for her “relentless campaign” to raise awareness of bowel cancer.

Dame Deborah posted pictures of William with her and her family on Instagram and said it was “such a special day”.

She wrote: “Prince William really came to our family home today!!

“I am totally honored that he joined us for afternoon tea and champagne, where he not only spent a generous amount of time chatting with my entire family, but also honored me with my Damehood.

“It’s pretty surreal to have real pop in the house, and yes, you can imagine the cleaning and prep antics got off the scale – but it was all irrelevant because William was so kind and put us at ease.

“He is clearly passionate about improving oncology outcomes as President of the Royal Marsden.

“It was such a special day for my whole family, creating memories for a lifetime. He is welcome back anytime!”

Dame Deborah has raised over £5.2 million for Cancer Research UK through her Bowelbabe fund at Just Giving.

Having set her original target at £250,000, she has now raised over 20 times her target.

Dame Deborah reached the £5m milestone on Friday following donations from more than 240,000 supporters, including William and his wife Kate.

Its Just Giving page said it is “raising money to fund clinical trials and research into personalized medicine for cancer patients and support campaigns to raise awareness of bowel cancer.”

She said she was “completely speechless” after hitting the phenomenal amount.

TV presenter Lorraine Kelly responded to the news, saying, “This is just wonderful – tears and laughter – love you @bowelbabe.”

The host of the popular BBC You podcast Me And The Big C revealed on Monday that she had moved into palliative care at home to treat her terminal bowel cancer.

She wrote on Instagram: “Nobody knows how much time I have left but I can’t walk, I’m sleeping most days and most of the things I took for granted are dreams.

“I know we leave no stone unturned. But even with all the innovative cancer drugs in the world or some new magical breakthrough, my body just can’t go on anymore.”

Deborah James on the Lorraine show
Deborah James on the Lorraine show

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Dame Deborah, a former teacher, was diagnosed with bowel cancer in 2016 and keeps her 500,000+ Instagram followers up to date with her treatments.

On Thursday night, Issue 10 confirmed that James would be made a lady, saying: “The Queen is pleased to approve that the honor of lady be conferred on Deborah James.”

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said: “If ever an honor was deserved, this is it.

“Deborah has been an inspiration and her honesty, warmth and courage have been a source of strength for many people.

“Through her tireless campaigning and by sharing her experience so openly, she has not only helped in our fight against this terrible disease, but has also ensured that countless other people in the Big C do not feel alone.

“I hope this recognition from Her Majesty – supported, I’m sure, across the country – will bring some comfort to Deborah and her family at this difficult time.

“My thoughts are with them and Deborah must know that she has the love and gratitude of the country.”

Damehoods are usually given by members of the royal family, including William, at investiture ceremonies that take place in royal palaces, including Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle.

In a personal tweet written by William and Kate this week, they said: “Every now and then someone captures the heart of the nation with their zest for life and tenacious desire to give back to society.

“@bowelbabe is one of those special people. Your tireless efforts to raise awareness of bowel cancer and end the stigma of treatment are inspiring.

“We are very sad to hear your recent update, but happy to support @bowelbabef, which will benefit @royalmarsdenNHS among others.

“Deborah, our thoughts are with you, your family and your friends. Thank you for giving hope to so many who are living with cancer. BATHROOM.”

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