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Ruth Langsford in awe of ‘amazing’ Dame Deborah James after emotional chat at Ascot: ‘It was such an honour’


Two pictures: one of Ruth Langsford with Dame Deborah James and Ruth's husband Eamonn Holmes, the other of Ruth Langsford on Lorraine

Ruth Langsford was emotional over Dame Deborah James on Lorraine Kelly (Picture:Getty/REX)

Ruth Langsford praised Dame Deborah James for her ‘incredible’ spirit during Monday’s Lorraine and said it was an ‘honour’ to meet her.

Speaking to Lorraine Kelly, the Loose Women presenter recalled her moving conversation Dame Deborah, 40, last week at Royal Ascot.

The You, Me, and the Big C host is currently receiving end-of-life care for terminal bowel cancer, but still made it to Royal Ascot and was pictured alongside her family and friends.

Ruth said she was able to share a good conversation with Deborah at the races before posing for a photo with her husband Eamonn Holmes.

‘I love her,’ Ruth, 62, told Lorraine. ‘It was amazing to see her there. That smile she has literally beams and shines. She had her hat on, her make-up on.’

The photo of them both features Deborah in the navy blue and white polka dot dress that made headlines last week.

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‘I was talking to her about her charity, which has done incredibly well,’ Ruth continued. ‘She just seems to have that spirit even though she knows she’s dying.’

Ruth added: ‘She just carries on. It was such an honour to meet her.’

Deborah revealed in May that she had stopped receiving treatment and was now receiving care at her parents’ home in Surrey.

But ever since she announced that she was receiving end-of-life care, her fundraising efforts for BowelBabe have only increased.

More than £6.7million was raised for the Cancer Research UK fund, with £1million coming from Deborah’s clothing line, with over 300,000 people pledging to the cause.

She has also attended several other events ever since the news emerged that she was approaching the end of her journey, including a visit to Glyndebourne Opera House.

Deborah James and her loving dad, Alistair (Picture: instagram/bowelbabe)

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Over the weekend, Deborah revealed that she and her dad were able to spend Father’s Day together.

In a touching but bittersweet video, Deborah’s dad Alistair brushed his daughter’s hair because she was no longer strong enough to do it herself.

‘‘Happy Father’s Day! Yes, my Dad is brushing my hair because I have no strength anymore to brush this,’ she captioned the post.

Lorraine airs weekdays at 9am on ITV.

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