In 2019, the alleged affair between Prince William and the Marchioness of Cholmondeley, Rose Hanbury, surfaced on tabloids and websites, sending the globe into a frenzy.
Was it true? Was it not? It was hard to tell, considering the prince’s reputation as a loving husband and father to his family.
But not to worry, this is the moment of truth.
The Rumors Came Late
Rumors of the Prince's unfaithfulness had been known a year before his presumed romantic affair, which came public in April 2019 at the time when the Duchess was pregnant with their third son.
Well, it seemed the rumor of the prince’s affair was already a joke among royals. According to an anonymous source to In Touch (via The Daily Beast), when Kate confronted him, he laughed it off, saying, "there was nothing to it."
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Prince William May Have Been a Bigger Playboy Than Harry
Speaking to Daily Mail, a source said, "He has always had a roving eye, far more so than Harry, who is meant to be the family playboy. Well, that's something Kate has always known and accepted as part of the deal if you like to put it that way. I suppose in that respect, she’s a perfect Princess of Wales."
The Duchess and Marchioness Were Friends
According to the 2016 article by Hello, the two royal ladies were friends and even lived not too far from each other at Anmer Hall, Prince William, and Kate's residence. They attended weddings and royal parties together and were cool.
Did Kate Ask William to Keep Rose at Arm's Length?
Kate may have had the perception of a threat and warned William to keep off Rose and her husband.
"William wants to play peacemaker so the two couples can remain friends, given they live so close to each other and share many mutual friends. But Kate has been clear that she doesn't want to see them anymore and wants William to phase them out, despite their social status." (The Sun)
Was Staying Married the Queen's Idea?
Looking back at the number of royal divorces, Queen Elizabeth II's conversation with William before he married Kate was to choose his partner carefully to avoid more stories, reminiscing that only Prince Edward remains married to his first wife amongst the Queen's children.
William's Lawyers Saved the Day
After Prince William's rumored affair hit the world, media outlets printed the reports, but it was not Prince William to do anything about the news going viral. His lawyers were involved, and they served a warning that got everyone to reconsider.
"In addition to being false and highly damaging, the publication of false speculation in respect of our clients' private life also constitutes a breach of his privacy under Article 8 of the European Convention to Human Rights."
Well, Duncan Larcombe, the ex-royal editor of The Sun admitted to The Daily Beast that while traditionally, the British royal family would not take specific legal action - the old saying was 'never complain and never explain' – however, William and Harry are willing to do it in their way.
Rose's Marriage may be Towing a Rocky Terrain
While Kate and William's marriage may look blossoming, Rose, on the other hand, may be passing through tough marriage. According to a source, Rose's elder brother let this out.
"He let it slip when he had been drinking that Rose is aware of what people are saying about her and William, and it seems Rose's marriage has less romance happening these days. He's much older than her, and they have different interests."
Guessing the twenty-three years difference is telling on their goals and marriage. Plus, recall when Rose appeared at a State banquet for President Donald Trump at Buckingham Palace without her ring, it was like fuel to the fresh fire.
A source told Daily Mail, “People are worried about her. The most loyal friends are sticking by her, but others haven't. On top of that, she has a husband who is away more than he is present. It has been a lonely time."
Rose attended Prince William's Wedding
Rose's relationship with Prince William dates back to their grandmother's days. Lady Elizabeth Longman, Rose's grandmother was friends with Prince William's grandmother. And though she did not take part in Kate and William's marriage, she was an attendee who even received the best-dressed award.
William is a Supposed Friend of Marquess David
Not only is Rose's husband friends with Prince William, but the friendship also goes back in time to the prince's family; his father, Prince Charles, and Queen Elizabeth, who at 14 awarded David the page of honor.
Did the Press Cause the Rift?
The unanswered question remains. Were the rumors true or not? A source who claimed to be a friend of the family explained.
"These hurtful rumors of a fall-out are simply false. William and David were in touch with each other over the weekend, not knowing whether to laugh or complain. Both wives are hurt by the suggestion that there is an argument or even a coolness between them."
An alleged friend revealed that Kate doesn't believe the rumors of her husband’s unfaithfulness but demands that he distances himself from the Marchioness, meaning she was only trying to save them from more scrutiny.
"She's a married woman with children, and she's not used to this kind of public scrutiny. She's a friend of not only Rose but also the entire family, so this is upsetting for everyone. They don't feel good, even though she doesn't believe them. She trusts William and doesn't want to give the rumors any attention.” The insider shared.
On the other hand, the Marchioness and her family were mute on the allegation. When asked about the rift that exists between their daughters, The Papers say Hanbury's family expressed surprise but said nothing on the matter.
While Rose said nothing on this issue, a representative spoke on her behalf via the International Business Times.
“There is no foundation to any of the tabloid articles that have appeared. There is nothing else to say whatsoever."
Kate Appears to be on Terms with Hanbury
Despite the rumors, the two royal ladies appear to be on good terms with each other as they were spotted feeling and acting as relaxed as they could be with each other at the first Sunday church service of the year at Sandringham church St. Mary Magdalene.
While this is a tradition for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, this may have been a leverage for the Marquess and Marchioness to prove to the public that everything was alright between both families.
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