Sophie Wessexs beautiful nod to Dame Deborah James during Gibraltar trip
Sophie Wessex gave a beautiful nod to Dame Deborah James during her trip to Gibraltar trip with her husband, Prince Edward.
Deborah is currently receiving at-home hospice care for her stage four bowel cancer, five years after she was first diagnosed with stage three of the disease.
Since announcing the devastating news that she doesn't have long left to live, the 40 year old has raised millions of pounds for cancer research and even launched a clothing range with all profits going to her Bowelbabe fund.
The clothing line with InTheStyle has been a huge success – and it's now been revealed that he's even a hit with the Royals, as 57 year old Sophie was seen wearing the t-shirt with Deborah's slogan during her trip.
Stepping out in Gibraltar, Sophie swapped her glamorous attire for the low-key top with "Rebellious Hope" written on it.
The royal knotted the bottom of the t-shirt and teamed it with a pair of nude-coloured shorts.
Her blonde locks were pulled off her face, and she shielded her eyes from the sunshine with a pair of shades.
Deborah was thrilled with Sophie's outfit choice as she took to her Instagram Stories to share a snap.
"How great does the Countess of Wessex look in the @inthestyle Rebellious Hope t-shirt for the @bowelbabefund – thank you for the support Sophie! @theroyalfamily," she wrote.
Deborah is currently at her parents' house in Woking, Surrey where she admitted she is "scared to sleep" as she's frightened about what could happen.
Deborah launched her bowel babe fund when she told fans that she had moved to end of life care, and the response to her callout for donations has been phenomenal.
The presenter and podcaster has beaten her initial fundraising target 26 times over, and recently highlighted how the money will help support the fight to find a cure for cancer.
In an update on the fund's Instagram page, Deborah's family wrote: "Through donations, fundraising and partnerships we are all continuing to raise an incredible amount of money that will help give more Deborah's more time.
"All money raised will be allocated, with the support of CRUK to funding causes and projects such as: funding clinical trials and research into personalised medicine that could result in new treatments for cancer patients."
Some of the money will also be used in collaboration with The Institute of Cancer Research (ICR) and The Royal Marsden to fund ongoing projects to beat the diseases.
Another portion will go towards advancing Bowel Cancer UK's Never Too Young campaign, which hopes to raise awareness of the disease and how to recognise the signs to treat and beat it.
Sophie Wessex isn't the first royal to share a nod to Deborah. Last month, she was made a Dame by the Queen – and Prince William travelled to Deborah's parents' home to personally deliver the award.
The delighted star posted a series of snaps after Wills' visit, writing: "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.
Deborah continued: "It’s quite surreal having a royal pop in at home, and yes you can imagine the cleaning antics and preparation went off the scale – but it was all irrelevant because William was so kind and he put us all at ease.
"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!"
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