PRINCE William revealed he loved meeting Deborah James and giving her the damehood as it was an “amazing” experience for her family.
The Duke of Cambridge said Dame Deborah was “fantastic” as he met the nurses and specialists who were taking care of the cancer activist today.
The Sun’s distinguished columnist Dame Deborah, known online as Bowel Babe, was honored for her “tireless campaign” to raise awareness of colon cancer.
Prince William visited her home earlier this month to give her tribute to the activist after she raised £5million at a cancer fundraiser.
In an “unprecedented” move, the Duke cleared his diary to pay his respects at a tea party at her parents’ home in Woking, Surrey.
And William has now revealed that the “glorious” afternoon felt like a “very personal family moment”.
In a bittersweet moment, William described how Dame Deborah joked she can “drink” now and was “triple parked” with glasses lined up as they celebrated their femininity.
Speaking about his visit to Dame Deborah’s home, he said to Dr. Nicos Fotiadis, a consultant interventional radiologist at Royal Marsden Hospital: “It was an amazing moment for her.
“I loved meeting her, she was amazing.”
The Duke added: “I was very honored to be able to speak to her, it felt like a very personal family moment…it was a glorious day too.
“But thank you, I know she wants me to say that too, thank you to you guys for looking after her – she always spoke very highly of her care.”
William also joked that “it made, as she put it, colon cancer sexy” as he visited the doctors and watched a cancer patient undergo state-of-the-art treatment by a robotic surgeon.
The host of the popular BBC podcast You, Me And The Big C previously revealed that she has moved into a home hospice to be treated for her colon cancer.
William also spoke to Head Nurse Mairead Griffin, Assistant Head Nurse Jo Waller and Ward Nurse Rowena Trono, who was also looking after the activist.
As Prince William honored Deborah, he spent time speaking to her two children, Hugo, 14, and Eloise, 12, offering advice and guidance.
Wills, whose mother Princess Diana died when he was 15, told them he went through something similar.
Deborah’s family hosted a traditional afternoon tea of scones and bubbly – and said the “down to earth” Duke enjoyed a smoked salmon sarnie.
Reflecting on the “surreal” day, Dame Debs told The Sun: “The Duke was so charming and put everyone at ease straight away.
“He was incredibly engaging and generous with his time, I could have talked to him all afternoon.”
Normally, damehoods and knighthoods are only announced twice a year – either in the New Year Honors or the Queen’s Birthday Honours.
But due to Deborah’s circumstances, Kensington Palace, Buckingham Palace and No10 pulled out all the stops for the honor to be presented.
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