Prince William offered Deborah James together with her Damehood in a backyard ceremony at her residence.
The 40-year-old presenter revealed earlier this week she had moved to end-of-life care after battling bowel most cancers since 2016, and in recognition of her fundraising efforts and campaigning to boost consciousness of the illness, she was awarded a Damehood from Queen Elizabeth.
The Queen’s grandson Prince William, 39, made a particular journey to Deborah’s residence on Friday (05.13.22), the place he offered her with the Damehood and loved tea and champagne with the campaigner and her household.
Dame Deborah shared some photos on Instagram and wrote: “Prince William actually came to our family house today!! I am utterly honored that he joined us for afternoon tea and champagne, where he not only spent a generous amount of time talking to my whole family but also honored me with my Damehood. It’s quite surreal having a royal pop in at home, and yes you can imagine the cleaning antics and preparation went off the scale – but it was all irrelevant because William was so kind and he put us all at ease. He is clearly passionate about improving oncology outcomes as the President of the Royal Marsden. It was such a special day for my whole family, making memories to last a life time. He’s welcome back any time!”
She additionally wrote on Twitter: “What a glorious afternoon to make memories for a lifetime! What an generous honor, to have William in my family home, with champange giving me a Damehood. Not sure life could get more surreal. But happy. @KensingtonRoyal you are welcome for tea at ours anytime! @BowelbabeF £5mil.”
Deborah – who has raised greater than £5 million since saying she was stopping remedy – beforehand revealed her shock on the Damehood.
She wrote on Instagram: “OMFG, this is crazy. I don’t know what to say. I’m blown away and feel incredibly honored.
“I don’t feel like I deserve this. I can’t tell you what this means to my family, it’s so much to take in.”
Damehoods and knighthoods are typically only announced as part of the New Year or Queen’s Birthday Honours, but can be given out at different times in exceptional circumstances.
Downing Street confirmed: “The Queen has been happy to approve that the consideration of Damehood be conferred upon Deborah James.”
Prime Minister Boris Johnson added: “If ever an honor was well-merited, that is it. Deborah has been an inspiration and her honesty, heat and braveness has been a supply of power to so many individuals.
“Through her tireless campaigning and by so openly sharing her experience she has not only helped in our fight against this terrible disease, she has ensured countless others with the Big C have not felt alone.”