Prince William + Duchess Catherine: They fulfill the terminally ill BBC presenter’s last wish

Prince William + Duchess Catherine
Touching gesture for terminally ill presenter

Meanwhile, Deborah James has been transferred to the home hospice.


Duchess Catherine and Prince William send touching words and a generous donation to BBC presenter Deborah James, who is terminally ill with cancer.

Deborah James, 40, has terminal cancer. A few days ago, the British BBC radio presenter had to announce on Instagram that she would now be in a hospice due to her illness. In her probably last days of life, she started a big fundraiser for those affected – in which Prince William, 39, and Duchess Catherine, 40, have also participated, as they announced in a personal message on Twitter.

Duchess Catherine and Prince William: “Deborah, our thoughts are with you”

“Every once in a while, there is someone who captures the heart of the nation with their zest for life and their unwavering desire to give back to society. Deborah James is one of those special people. Her tireless efforts to raise awareness of colon cancer and break the stigma of treatment are inspiring,” write the Cambridges.

“We are very saddened by your recent news but are delighted to support your fundraiser which will benefit The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust, among others,” the British royals added. “Deborah, our thoughts are with you, your family and friends. Thank you for bringing hope to so many people living with cancer.”

They signed the message with their initials, showing that the tweet came directly from William and Kate.

Generous donation to Deborah James’ research fund

According to British magazine Hello, the Duke and Duchess have made an anonymous donation to Deborah James’ Cancer Research Fund, which has already raised over $3.5 million.

The BBC presenter was diagnosed with stage four colon cancer in 2016. She documented her progress and challenges on social media, and in 2020 she announced she was cancer-free before the cancer returned.

In the update James shared on Instagram on May 9, she wrote, “The message I never wanted to write. We’ve tried everything but my body just won’t cooperate anymore. My active grooming has stopped and I’m now moved to home hospice care with my incredible family around me and the focus is on not being in pain and spending time with them.”

BBC presenter says goodbye to fans

She continued, “Nobody knows how long I have left, but I can’t walk anymore, I sleep most of the day, and most of the things I took for granted are just a pipe dream. I know that we 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 keep going,” Deborah James summarized her health condition.

She also explained that her Bowelbabe fund is currently “in the making” and asked for support from fans so that it “can thrive”.

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