Prince William enjoyed a rare meal out with friends at an exclusive Mayfair private members’ club on Friday – hours after presenting a Damehood to ‘Bowel Babe’ for her astonishing fundraising efforts.
The Duke of Cambridge, 39, was photographed leaving Oswald’s in central London at 11pm last night after a three-hour catch up with a friend.
Oswald’s is the most exclusive of London’s private members’ clubs, with the Duchess of Cornwall and Prime Minister and his wife among those who frequent the venue.
William was without the for donat his outing – but accompanied by three security guards.
He dressed smartly in a chequered blue suit jacket, dark trousers and a light blue shirt.
The Duke’s night out came hours after he travelled to BBC podcaster Deborah James’ family home to present her with a Damehood for her fundraising, which has seen £5.7million donated to Cancer Research UK in days.
Prince William enjoyed a rare meal out with friends at an exclusive Mayfair private members’ club on Friday
Prince William meets with Deborah James to award her her Damehood for her tireless campaigning and fundraising for cancer research
The Duke of Cambridge, 39, was photographed leaving Oswald’s in central London at 11pm last night after a three-hour catch up with a friend
Oswald’s, named after owner Robin Birley’s grandfather, is a club for both men and women – with a focus on wine.
The private members’ club is thought to be the best for wine connoisseurs, where guests can either cellar their own wine, or buy in house, before enjoying them in the ground floor restaurant or on the small rear terrace.
Ahead of William’s outing on Friday, Dame Deborah, 40, revealed her ‘surreal’ meeting with the Duke via her Instagram page, where she uploaded several pictures of the Duke of Cambridge with her and her family.
The cancer-stricken mother-of-two told her more than 630,000 followers how ‘kind’ William ‘made everyone feel at ease’, adding that he was ‘welcome back any time.’
Dame Deborah (centre, with husband Sebastien Bowen left, while children Eloise, 12 and Hugo, 14, back) told her more than 630,000 Instagram followers how ‘kind’ William (right) ‘made everyone feel at ease’, adding that he was ‘welcome back any time.’
‘Prince William actually came to our house!’: Deborah shares pictures from the Duke of Cambridge’s visit on Friday, in which he awarded her her Damehood
The Duke’s night out came hours after he travelled to BBC podcaster Deborah James’ family home to present her with a Damehood
Dame Deborah wrote: ‘Prince William actually came to our family house today!I am utterly honoured that he joined us for afternoon tea and champagne, where he not only spent a generous amount of time talking to my whole family but also honoured me with my Damehood.’
She said having a royal ‘pop in’ was surreal and joked that the cleaning antics before his arrival were ‘off the scale’.
‘But it was all irrelevant because William was so kind and he put us all at ease,’ she added. ‘He is clearly passionate about improving oncology outcomes as the President of the Royal Marsden.
‘It was such a special day for my whole family, making memories to last a life time.He’s welcome back any time!’
Deborah James (pictured) was honoured with a Damehood after raising millions of pounds for charity since Monday as she revealed she was receiving end-of-life care
The former headteacher (pictured right, with children Eloise, 12, Hugo, 14 and husband Sebastien Bowen) was diagnosed with bowel cancer in 2016 and has kept her more than 500,000 Instagram followers up to date with her treatments
On Thursday night, Number 10 confirmed that James is to be made a dame, saying: ‘The Queen has been pleased to approve that the honour of Damehood be conferred upon Deborah James.’ Pictured: Deborah James (left) with her family on Mother’s Day
Earlier on Friday, the BBC podcaster said she was ‘completely lost for words’ after raising more than £5million for her for Cancer Research UK.This total surpassed £5.7million on Saturday.
Having set her original target at £250,000, she has now raised more than 20 times her goal.
The £5million milestone came just hours after she was made a dame by the Queen for her commitment to raising awareness and funds for bowel cancer following her shock diagnosis in 2016.
On Monday, Dame Deborah revealed she did not know how long she had left to live after she stopped treatment and decided to begin hospice-at-home care.
She is spending her remaining time with her family at her parents’ home.
This week, Dame Deborah (above with Sebastian Bowen) revealed she did not know how long she had left to live after she stopped treatment and decided to begin hospice-at-home care
Deborah James has written letters and bought gifts for her children Hugo, 14, and daughter, Eloise, 12, and wants to cuddle them for the last time before she dies
Dame Deborah has so far raised an astonishing £5.6million for Cancer Research UK of her original goal of £250,000
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge earlier paid tribute to cancer-stricken BBC podcaster Deborah James’ fundraising
On Thursday night, Number 10 confirmed that Deborah was to be made a dame, saying: ‘The Queen has been pleased to approve that the honour of Damehood be conferred upon Deborah James.’
Prime Minister Boris Johnson said: ‘If ever an honour was richly deserved, this is it.Deborah has been an inspiration and her honesty, warmth and courage has been a source of strength to so many people.
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