BBC star wants to die with “smiles and champagne”.

BBC star Deborah James has end-stage colon cancer and is about to die. She has already planned her farewell.

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  • Deborah James recently revealed that she doesn’t have long to live.
  • She received a title of nobility for her appeal for donations for cancer research.
  • The mother of two has already planned her farewell.

Her story moves the world: BBC presenter Deborah James (40) has end-stage colon cancer.

After years of struggle, the mother of two has now moved back to her parents. This is where she wants to die.

James was recently honored by the Queen with a title of peerage for her fundraising effort for cancer research. She can now call herself a “lady”. Prince William (39) personally paid the 40-year-old a visit to present her with the award.

On Instagram, the terminally ill Deborah James raved about the meeting: “I’m so honored that he joined us for afternoon tea and champagne (…).”

She still can’t believe “that I’m actually a lady now! My family is fantastic. And as emotional as it all is – we still find a lot of laughter in all the sadness.”

The Brit has two children, Eloise, 12, and Hugo, 14, with husband Sebastien.

BBC star: “Will die with a smile”

Deborah James has planned her own funeral to spare her family the ordeal.

And she also has clear ideas about her last day on earth: “When my time is up, I want to die with a smile, without regrets and a large glass of champagne.”

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