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The Duke of Cambridge introduced podcast host Deborah James to femininity in his family home after his fundraising initiative for cancer research surpassed the £5million mark in just five days.

James, 40, known online as Bowelbabe after campaigning to raise awareness for bowel cancer, launched the JustGiving page on Monday after revealing she was receiving end-of-life care for the disease.

After setting her initial target at £250,000, the BBC You, Me and The Big C podcast presenter has now increased her target more than 20 times.

Dame Deborah posted photos of the Duke of Cambridge with herself and family on Instagram and said it was “such a special day”.

In a previous Instagram post, James wrote: “Thanks to an incredibly generous donation earlier today, and everyone who has donated to the bowelbabefund, we have just reached the incredible total of £5million. .

“We are completely at a loss for words. All of this is beyond anything we could have imagined. The last 5 days have been surreal.

“Thank you for putting a big smile on my face and helping us start a legacy that will hopefully impact cutting-edge cancer care for life.”

Prince William introduces Deborah James to femininity as cancer fundraiser raises £5m |  bowel cancer
Deborah James has reached an audience of millions through BBC 5 live’s You, Me and the Big C podcast. Photography: Mark Waugh

Donations came from more than 240,000 supporters, including the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

“Prince William came to our family home today!” she said on Instagram. “It’s quite surreal to have a royal pop at home, and yes you can imagine the antics of cleaning up and preparation went over the scale – but it was all irrelevant because William was so nice and he made us all feel very comfortable.”

According to his JustGiving page, the money will fund “clinical trials and research into personalized medicine for cancer patients” and support bowel cancer awareness campaigns.

She began co-hosting You, Me and the Big C with Lauren Mahon and Rachael Bland in 2018, and the trio have received accolades for their candid discussions about cancer.

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Bland died in September of that year at the age of 40, two years after being diagnosed with breast cancer.

James, a former assistant manager, was diagnosed with bowel cancer in late 2016 and documented his treatment for her with more than half a million Instagram followers candidly throughout.

In an Instagram post on Monday, she said she didn’t know how much time she had left and that while the past six months had been “heartbreaking” to go through, she had been surrounded by “so much love” and never had “no regrets”. ”.

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