Deborah James receives visit from Prince William as he awards her Damehood in person: ‘It was such a special day for my whole family’

Deborah has received donations from almost a quarter of a million people (Picture: Instagram/Deborah James)

During Prince William’s visit, he was photographed sitting at the table outside with Deborah and her family, as her husband made a toast with a glass of champagne.

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Deborah beamed from ear to ear as she had a selfie taken with the Duke, with the final photo showing him listening to her intently as she spoke to the group.

On Friday, she said she was ‘lost for words’ as her fundraiser reached £5m.

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‘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. We’re completely lost for words,’ the caption on social media read.

‘This is all just beyond anything we could have ever imagined. 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.’

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