Deborah James and family finding so much to smile about in the sadness after Prince William visit

Deborah James and family finding so much to smile about in the sadness after Prince William visit

Dame Deborah James and her family are staying positive despite the mum-of-two currently receiving end-of-life care.

Deborah, 40, announced earlier this week that she was receiving hospice care from her home and penned a heartbreaking “goodbye" post on Monday 9 May, revealing that her body “just wasn’t playing ball”.

She then asked for people to donate to her Bowel Babe fund in her honour. Initially Deborah aimed to raise £250,000, but she’s since surpassed the £5 million mark in just a matter of days.

As a result of the fundraiser’s success, Deborah has been made a Dame and received a visit from Prince William on Friday 13 May.

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The TV star has since opened up about “the most surreal, mind blowing, humbling 5 days of my life” in an emotional Instagram post.

“I cannot thank you for your generosity at launching the @bowelbabefund which now stands at £5.7 million, and to the @dukeandduchessofcambridge for going above and beyond to make a very special memory happen yesterday,” Deborah wrote.

“Can’t quite believe im actually a Dame! My family are being amazing and as emotional as it all is, we are finding so much to smile about in the sadness. I may be getting weaker and more tired each tired having run off pure adrenaline, but my word, I always said I wanted to slide in sideways when my time is up, with a massive smile, no regrets and a big glass of champagne! Still my intention!!!”

Sharing snaps of her visit from the 39 year old Prince, Deborah said she was “utterly honoured”.

"Prince William actually came to our family house today!! I am utterly honoured 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 honoured me with my Damehood," Deborah excitedly wrote.

"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.”

Deborah continued: "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!"

One photo showed Deborah sitting in a garden chair as William knelt down next to her, while another snap was of the pair with Deborah's husband Sebastian Bowen, and their two kids, Hugo, 14, and Eloise, 12.

Another photograph showed the mum-of-two proudly showing off her well deserved Damehood ribbon.

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