THE Sun’s Deborah James has shared a photo of her meeting with Prince William as the royal presented her with her Damehood.
The mum-of-two, 40, was given the honour at her parents home today for her tireless campaigning and £5m cancer fundraiser.
Trending In The News’s Deborah James receives her Damehood from Prince William
Readers from across the country have contributed millions of pounds towards her BowelBabe fund, which she launched on Monday to boost research into the disease.
Reacting to the milestone, Deborah wrote: “We’re completely lost for words. This is all just beyond anything we could have ever imagined.”
She wrote on Instagram: “The last 5 days have been surreal. Thank you for putting a huge smile on my face, and helping us to launch a legacy to hopefully impact a lifetime cutting edge cancer care.
“Thanks to an incredibly generous donation earlier today, and to every single person who’s donated to the @bowelbabefund, we’ve just reached the unbelievable total of £5m.”
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Deborah also said she is overwhelmed at receiving a Damehood for capturing the nation’s heart with her honest accounts of cancer.
Earlier today she shared our front page, which broke the news, and wrote: “I’m humbled and blown away that five years of talking about poo can lead to a Damehood!
“I feel honoured and shocked that I even got considered.”
Her Majesty The Queen was separately said to be “pleased” to make Deborah a Dame.
Boxer Anthony Joshua, 32, and David Beckham, 47, were also among those to pay tribute to her after the award.
Deborah heartbreakingly announced on Monday she was moved into hospice at home care.
The mum-of-two was diagnosed with stage four bowel cancer just days before Christmas in 2016.
Deborah James has admitted she is “finding life a little harder”
Friday’s Sun splash featured the news that Deborah was awarded a Damehood