Podcast host Deborah James was honoured with a damehood by the Duke of Cambridge at her family home earlier today.

James, 40, has raised more than £5m since revealing she is on end-of-life care for her bowel cancer.

The mother-of-two shared the news on Instagram, alongside a picture of Prince William, writing: “Prince William actually came to our family house today!! I am utterly honoured that he joined us for afternoon tea and champagne, where he not only spent a generous amount of time talking to my whole family but also honoured me with my Damehood.

“It’s quite surreal having a royal pop in at home, and yes you can imagine the cleaning antics and preparation went off the scale – but it was all irrelevant because William was so kind and he put us all at ease.

“He is clearly passionate about improving oncology outcomes as the President of the Royal Marsden. It was such a special day for my whole family, making memories to last a life time.

“He’s welcome back any time!”

It was announced on Thursday that the former deputy headteacher had been honoured with a damehood for her “tireless campaigning”.

On Friday evening James reached the £5 million milestone with her Cancer Research fundraising initiative – despite having an initial target of £250,000.

She achieved her amazing feat after she revealed she did not know how long she had left to live after stopping treatment and was moved into a hospice-at-home care

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