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Dame Deborah James’ husband speaks out for first time since her death and recalls moment she ‘slipped away’

Dame Deborah James’ husband has spoken for the first time of his grief and recalled her ‘peaceful’ death.Sebastian Bowen married Dame Deborah in 2008 and the pair enjoyed 14 happy years together before the beloved campaigner died of bowel cancer this year.The banker, who shares two children with the former broadcaster, has spoken out for the first time since her death, saying he remains ‘so proud’ of his wife.Father-of-two Bowen said that, after all her fighting, Dame Deborah had an ‘incredibly peaceful death’ and was surrounded by those who loved her.He told The Sun that he held her hand as she died and reminded her of her how proud he was of her, after her efforts to raise awareness of the disease and raising millions for charity.Recalling the moment of her death, he said: ‘I kissed her on the head, I told her how much I loved her, that I would look after the kids and the last thing I said to her was that I was so proud of her. ‘Then she slipped away,’ he said, adding that in the end, ‘it was quite spiritual.’Bowen, 42, who had children Hugo, 14, and Eloise, 12, with Dame Deborah, says he remains in ‘total awe’ of his wife and all she achieved.Asked what he would miss most about her, he instantly replied ‘her magic.’‘Her way of finding joy in every moment – even in the darkest of times.’Bowen added it was a ‘rare thing’ and part of ‘what made her unique.’In the last seven weeks of her life alone Deborah was made a Dame and had the Duke of Cambridge, Prince William, over for tea at her parents’ home to accept the honour.On top of raising £7.4 million for cancer research, Dame Deborah also launched a clothing line, designing charity T-shirts to raise another £1 million for her BowelBabe Fund.
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Gary Lineker, Wayne Rooney and Prince William lead celebrations as Lionesses reach Women’s Euros final: ‘We are with you all the way’
Women’s Euros final.Gary Lineker, Wayne Rooney, Prince William, and more have shared their pride over the team’s win and are backing them all the way for the big game on Sunday.England sailed through to the final of the 2022 Women’s European Championship after thrashing Sweden 4-0 in Sheffield.It’d be fair to say the game presented challenges, with a number of tense moments as the opposition edged towards the goal.However, thanks to goals from Beth Mead, Lucy Bronze, substitute Alessia Russo, and Fran Kirby the Lionnesses are on their way to Wembley, where they will meet Germany or France.Sharing his excitement over the win, former professional Lineker took to Twitter to write: ‘Fabulous performance and win for @Lionesses. Wonderful.’, followed by a series of clapping emoji.Prior to the match, Duke of Cambridge Prince William sent a ‘good luck’ message to the team, assuring them that ‘the whole country is behind you’.Following their win, the Prince was ecstatic: ‘Congratulations @Lionesses on making it to the #WEURO2022 final on Sunday’, he tweeted.‘The entire country is so proud of everything you’re achieving. We believe in you and will be with you all the way! W’.Football manager Rooney tweeted: ‘What a performance by @Lionesses tonight.
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