Prince William has personally given bowel cancer awareness champion Deborah James her damehood.
The Duke of Cambridge visited her family home in Surrey to hand over the honour, and was seen beaming with the podcaster, who is also known as Bowel Babe.
Ms James said she was “utterly honoured” that Prince William had joined her family for afternoon tea and champagne.
“Prince William actually came to our family house today! 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,” she said in an Instagram post.
The 40-year-old has been moved to hospice-at-home care to treat her terminal bowel cancer after telling followers she does not know “how long I’ve got left”.
She also revealed her donation fund, in partnership with Cancer Research UK, has raised more than £5m for clinical trials, research, and raising awareness of bowel cancer.