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Deborah James receives damehood at home as Prince William makes special trip

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The Duke of Cambridge has presented podcast host Deborah James with a damehood at her family home. The 40-year-old, known online as Bowel Babe, was honoured for her "tireless campaigning" to raise awareness of bowel cancer.

Dame Deborah posted pictures of William with herself and her family on Instagram and said it was "such a special day". She wrote: "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. "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!" Dame Deborah has raised more than £5.2 million for Cancer Research UK through her Bowelbabe fund on Just Giving.

Having set her original target at £250,000, she has now raised more than 20 times her goal. Dame Deborah reached the £5 million milestone on Friday after donations from more than 240,000 supporters, including William and his wife Kate. Has Deborah's story resonated with you?

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