The broadcaster received her Damehood personally from Prince William (Picture: Graham Prentice / @bowelbabe)
Dame Deborah, who was diagnosed with bowel cancer in 2016, is receiving hospice care at home (Picture: Rex Features)
‘Can’t quite believe im actually a Dame!’
She continued: ‘My family are being amazing and as emotional as it all is, we are finding so much to smile about in the sadness.
‘I may be getting weaker and more tired each tired having run off pure adrenaline, but my word, I always said I wanted to slide in sideways when my time is up, with a massive smile, no regrets and a big glass of champagne! Still my intention!!!’
Dame Deborah is married to banker Sebastien Bowen and is mother to two children, Hugo, 14, and Eloise, 12.
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Deborah James receives visit from Prince William as he awards her Damehood in person
Dame Deborah James’ family ‘finding so much to smile about in the sadness’
In her final interviews, she expressed her wishes for Sebastien to move on and find love after her death, and revealed she has created memory boxes of messages and gifts for her children’s future milestones, such as getting married and big birthdays.
The BBC podcaster was diagnosed with stage four bowel cancer in 2016 and has had at least 17 operations to remove surgeries. Dame Deborah’s supporters have closely followed her journey for the past five years, notably through her You, Me & The Big C podcast which she began in 2018.
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