“EMOTIONAL” Deborah James has revealed that she is “getting weaker” but is “running off adrenaline” after meeting Prince William.
The Duke of Cambridge yesterday presented the campaigner with her Damehood — just a day after it was announced.
In an “unprecedented” move, the Duke cleared his diary to do the honours at a tea party at her parents’ home in Woking, Surrey.
In an Instagram post Deborah told fans she has had “the most surreal, mind blowing, humbling 5 days of my life.”
Alongside a photo she wrote: “Can’t quite believe I’m actually a Dame!
“My family are being amazing and as emotional as it all is, we are finding so much to smile about in the sadness.
“I may be getting weaker and more tired each tired having run off pure adrenaline, but my word, I always said I wanted to slide in sideways when my time is up, with a massive smile, no regrets and a big glass of champagne!”
Mum Deborah, 40, on end-of-life care, yesterday said that Prince William is welcome to join her for tea and Champagne anytime after being awarded her honour in a moving ceremony.
He was “extremely generous” with his time, and was understood to have cleared his diary when he received Deborah’s invitation.
The father of three spent time speaking to Deborah’s two children, Hugo, 14, and Eloise, 12, offering words of advice and guidance.
Wills, whose mother Princess Diana died when he was 15, told them he had been through something similar.
Deborah’s family put on a traditional afternoon tea with scones and bubbly — and said the “down-to-earth” Duke enjoyed a smoked salmon sarnie.