Prince William and Kate Middleton have shared an emotional message of support for UK journalist Deborah James, after she revealed she was receiving end-of-life care for terminal cancer.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge thanked the 40-year-old woman for her “tireless effort” in raising awareness of bowel cancer, and donated towards her foundation, Bowel Babe Fund.

“Every now and then, someone captures the heart of the nation with their zest for life & tenacious desire to give back to society,” the royal couple wrote in an official statement on Twitter.

“@bowelbabe is one of those special people. Her tireless efforts to raise awareness of bowel cancer & end the stigma of treatment are inspiring.”

William and Kate went on to offer their condolences for Deborah and her ongoing cancer battle, while sharing they have made a donation of an unspecified amount to her cause.

“We are so sad to hear her recent update but pleased to support the @bowelbabef, which will benefit the @royalmarsdenNHS among others,” the statement continued.

“Deborah, our thoughts are with you, your family and your friends. Thank you for giving hope to so many who are living with cancer. W & C.”

Prince William is a patron of Royal Marsden, a specialist cancer hospital in London, where Deborah has previously received treatment.

Deborah James, a podcast host and media personality, shared a devastating health update earlier this week, saying she will be spending what time she has left at home with her family.

In a statement she said, “We have tried everything, but my body simply isn’t playing ball. My active care has stopped and I am now moved to hospice at home care, with my incredible family all around me and the focus is on making sure I’m not in pain and spending time with them.”

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