The Duke of Cambridge has offered podcast host Deborah James a damehood at her childhood home.
The 40-year-old, known online as Bowel Babe, was honored for her “tireless campaign” to raise awareness of colon cancer.
Dame Deborah posted pictures of William with herself and her family on Instagram, saying it was “such a special day”.
She wrote: “Prince William came to our family home today!!
“I am very honored that he joined us for afternoon tea and champagne where he not only spent a lot of time chatting with all my family but also honored me with my Damehood.
“It’s kind of surreal to have a royal doll in the house, and yes, you can imagine the cleaning antics and dish preparation were antics – but it was all irrelevant because William was so nice and he set us all up. made us comfortable.
“He is clearly passionate about improving oncology outcomes as president of the Royal Marsden.
“It was such a special day for all my family, making memories that will last a lifetime. He is always welcome back!”
Dame Deborah has raised over £5.2 million for Cancer Research UK through her Bowelbabe fund on Just Giving.
Having set her original goal at £250,000, she has now raised more than 20 times her goal.
Dame Deborah reached the £5 million milestone on Friday after donations from more than 240,000 supporters, including William and his wife Kate.
Its Just Giving page said it “raises money to fund clinical trials and research into personalized medicine for cancer patients and to support campaigns to raise awareness of colon cancer.”
She said she was “completely for words” after reaching the phenomenal amount.
TV host Lorraine Kelly responded to the news, saying: “This is just amazing – tears and laughter – love you @bowelbabe.”
The host of the popular BBC podcast You, Me And The Big C announced on Monday that she had moved to a hospice to treat her terminal colon cancer.
She wrote on Instagram: “Nobody knows how much longer I have but I can’t walk, I sleep most days and most of the things I took for granted are sky dreams.
“I know we have left no stone unturned. But even with all the innovative cancer drugs in the world or a magical new breakthrough, my body just can’t go on.”
Dame Deborah, a former school principal, was diagnosed with colon cancer in 2016 and has kept her more than 500,000 Instagram followers updated about her treatments.
On Thursday night, Number 10 confirmed that James would become a lady, saying, “The Queen is pleased to approve that the honor of damehood be bestowed upon Deborah James.”
Prime Minister Boris Johnson said: “If ever there was an honor richly deserved, it is this one.
“Deborah has been an inspiration and her honesty, warmth and courage have been a source of strength to so many people.
“By her tireless campaigns and sharing her experience so openly, she has not only helped in our fight against this terrible disease, she has made countless others with the Big C feel not alone.
“I hope this acknowledgment from Her Majesty – I’m sure the whole country supports – will bring some comfort to Deborah and her family at this difficult time.
“My thoughts are with them and Deborah should know she has the love and gratitude of the land.”
Damehoods are usually awarded by members of the royal family, including William, during investiture ceremonies that take place in royal palaces, including Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle.
In a private tweet written by William and Kate this week, they said: “Every once in a while someone captures the heart of the nation with their zest for life and unwavering desire to give back to society.
“@bowelbabe is one of those special people. Her tireless efforts to raise awareness of colon cancer and end the stigma of treatment are inspiring.
“We are so sad to hear her recent update but are excited to support the @bowelbabef which will benefit the @royalmarsdenNHS amongst others.
“Deborah, our thoughts are with you, your family and your friends. Thank you for giving hope to so many people living with cancer. WC.”