The Duke of Cambridge has presented podcast host Deborah James with a damehood at her family home.
That 40-year-old, known online as Bowel Babe, was honored for her “tireless campaign” to raise awareness about bowel cancer.
Dame Deborah posted pictures of William with himself and his family to Instagram and said it was “such a special day”.
She wrote: “Prince William actually came to our family home today!!
“I am absolutely honored that he joined us for afternoon tea and champagne, where he not only spent a lot of time talking to my entire family, but also honored me with daemhood.
“Having a royal pope at home is quite real, and yes you can imagine that the cleaning antics and preparation went into a big way – but it was all irrelevant because William was so kind and comforted us all.
“He is clearly passionate about improving oncology outcomes as President of Royal Marsden.
“It was such a special day for my entire family, creating memories for a lifetime. They are welcome any time!”
Dame Deborah has raised over £5.2m for Cancer Research UK through her Bowelbabe Fund on Just Giving.
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Having set his original target at £250,000, he has now increased his target by more than 20 times.
Dame Deborah reached the £5 million milestone on Friday after more than 240,000 supporters, including William and his wife Kate, donated.
Its Just Giving page said it is “raising funds for clinical trials and research into personalized medicines for cancer patients and supporting campaigns to raise awareness of bowel cancer”.
She said she was “completely lost for words” after reaching the unprecedented amount.
TV presenter Lorraine Kelly reacted to the news, saying: “It’s just wonderful – tears and laughter – love you @bowelbabe.”
The presenter of the popular BBC podcast You, Me and the Big C revealed on Monday that she had moved into hospice-at-home care for her terminal bowel cancer treatment.
She wrote on Instagram: “Nobody knows how much time I have left, but I haven’t been able to walk, I’m sleeping most days, and most things I’ve assumed are pipe dreams.
“I know we have left no stone unturned. But even with all the new cancer drugs or some magical new breakthrough in the world, my body just can’t keep up. ,
Dame Deborah, a former headmaster, was diagnosed with bowel cancer in 2016 and has kept more than 500,000 Instagram followers up to date with her treatment.
On Thursday night, Number 10 confirmed that James was to be made a Dame, saying: “The Queen is pleased to accept that Deborah James will be given the honor of Damehood.”
Prime Minister Boris Johnson said: “If ever this massively deserved any respect, this is it.
“Deborah has been an inspiration and her honesty, warmth and courage have been a source of strength to so many.
“Through his tireless campaign and openly sharing his experience he has not only helped us in our fight against this terrible disease, he has ensured that countless others do not feel alone along with Big C.
“I hope this recognition from Her Majesty – supported by the entire nation I am sure – will provide some comfort to Deborah and her family during this difficult time.
“My thoughts are with her and Deborah should know she has the love and gratitude of the country.”
Damehoods are usually given by members of the royal family, including William, at adornment ceremonies at royal palaces, including Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle.
In a personal tweet penned by William and Kate this week, they said: “Sometimes, someone captures the heart of the nation with their zest for life and strong desire to give back to society.
“@bowelbabe is one of those special people. Her tireless efforts to raise awareness about bowel cancer and end the stigma of treatment are inspiring.
“We are deeply saddened to hear of his 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 people who are living with cancer. Welcome.”