Deborah James defends joke about Meghan ‘putting’ her thunder: ‘Is dying the last taboo?’

British media personality Dame Deborah James has responded to a comment she made about Meghan Marklea during the Platinum Jubilee of the Queen

James, who has ended end-of-life care after a battle with colon cancer – which she has documented in recent years under the name “Bowel Babe” – made the comment in an interview with The sun.

While discussing her work to raise awareness of colon cancer and reflect on her impending death, the 40-year-old joked, “I’m determined not to die over the anniversary weekend. I don’t want Meghan stealing my thunder.”

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British journalist Deborah James made the comment during a recent The Sun interview. (Instagram)

“I haven’t worked so hard to raise cancer awareness and money to find a cure, only to miss another” Sun front page when I go.”

Her comment was quickly discussed on Twitter, with some labeling it “unwanted” and “bizarre”.

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James has now responded to her critics, saying: “Meghan commentary is a joke, apparently you can still find a nice goodbye in your day! The rest is not.

“Is dying the last taboo of all? I thought poo talk was hard, but navigating end-of-life care makes controlling your poo easy compared to DNR chat and respect documents!”

“If people don’t see the humor, it’s not you… You make as many jokes as you want,” commented one of her Twitter followers.

“This is your experience. It’s only up to us to support you (although we’d rather not all).”

Another commented: “A little rude, but there’s nothing like humor to keep the spirits up. You’re doing a great job Debs.”

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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex in the UK to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. (Getty)

Over the weekend, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex joined the Royal Family in the UK to celebrate Queen Elizabeth’s Platinum Jubilee, marking Her Majesty’s 70th anniversary on the British throne.

It was the first time Meghan, 40, has returned to the UK since the couple resigned as senior working members of the monarchy in early 2020.

After they left, they moved to the US, where they live with their children Archie, three, and Lilibet, one.

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James joked, “I’m determined not to die over the anniversary weekend, I don’t want Meghan stealing my thunder.” (AP)

The couple have also expressed their dissatisfaction multiple times during their time as working royal couple and signed lucrative deals with Netflix and Spotify.

There were concerns that Harry and Meghan would bring a Netflix documentary crew to film during the platinum anniversary celebrations, but it seems they were eager to participate in the events discreetly.

They watched Trooping the Color from Buckingham Palace with other non-senior members of the family and attended a church service away from the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and other full-time working royals.

James’ joke about Meghan seemingly reflected the attitude of many Britons who remain loyal to Queen Elizabeth and the senior working royals and were concerned about the return of Harry and Meghan overshadowing the anniversary.

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James on a recent visit with Prince William. (Instagram)

Others were not so understanding.

“What a bizarre thing to say!” one person wrote about James’ comment.

“I hope you live well past the Jubilee weekend. However, Meghan’s comment was incorrect,” added another.

The journalist was recently visited by Prince William, who awarded her a Damehood for her efforts to raise awareness of colon cancer and her fundraising efforts for her Bowel Babe Fund for Cancer Research UKwho has raised more than £6 million ($10.45 million) in the weeks since she announced her battle with the disease was coming to an end.

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James spends her last days with family, friends and fundraisers. (Instagram)

She shared the sad news on her social media channels last month.

“The message I never wanted to write. We’ve tried everything, but my body just isn’t playing along,” James wrote.

“My active care has ended and I have now moved to a home care hospice, with my incredible family around me and the focus is on making sure I am not in pain and spending time with them.

“Nobody knows how much longer I have, but I can’t walk, I sleep most days, and most of the things I took for granted are sky dreams. I know we’ve left no stone unturned. But even with all the innovative cancer drugs in the world or some magical new breakthrough, my body just can’t take it anymore.

She continued: “In over 5 years of writing about how I thought it would be my last Christmas, how I wouldn’t see my 40th birthday and my kids go to high school – I never thought I’d be the one writing where I would say goodbye, I think it was the rebellious hope in me.

“But I don’t think anyone can say that the past six months have been really nice! It’s all heartbreaking to experience, but I’m surrounded by so much love that if anything can help me through it, I hope it will.” to be.”

James ended the post by saying, “Right now it’s about taking it day by day, step by step, and being thankful for another sunrise. My whole family is around me and we’ll get through this together.” dancing, sunbathing and laughing (I will cry!!) Anytime possible! You are all incredible, thank you for playing your part in my journey. No regrets. Enjoy life x Deborah.”

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