The royal family has made one thing very clear: when it comes to the Prince William cheating rumors, we shouldn’t expect a comment any time soon. Apparently, William’s alleged mistress Rose Hanbury just reacted to the rumors. The Marchioness of Cholmondeley is taking her cues from the Cambridge royals — and speaking to the press about anything but rumors of royal discontent. Her most recent life update? Per British magazine Tatler, Hanbury and her husband David, the Marquess of Cholmondeley, are hosting an art exhibition this summer at their home, Houghton Hall — a somewhat surprising move given the intense media scrutiny of the past few weeks.
As a quick refresher, rumors of William’s alleged affair started as rumors of a feud between Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and “rural rival” Hanbury, who had previously been a close friend. The rumors, initially the whisperings of tabloids, gained further attention after a tweet from a member of British media appeared to confirm the affair. Some believe that William taking legal action against UK publications who repeated the allegations is further proof of the alleged affair, while others note that the Cambridge royals are simply more litigious than their predecessors. Where followers of the latest alleged royal scandal agree is that all involved parties have been frustratingly silent when it comes to confirming or denying these details — with the Cholmondeleys, in particular, having all but disappeared from public view.
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In early March, British tabloid "The Sun", as well as other local vehicles, reported that Kate would have fought with a friend of the family, Rose, the Marquesa de Cholmondeley.The former model and her husband, the Marquis, are neighbors of the Cambridge in Anmer Hall, the vacation property of the royal couple. Although she did not offer any explanation as to the reason for the alleged misunderstanding, the British media have now referred to Rose as Kate's "rural rival". A few weeks later, on April 4, the American magazine "InTouch" published a version claiming that the discomfort between the Duchess and the Marchioness was a betrayal of William, who would have engaged Rose while Kate was pregnant with him. Prince Louis, about a year ago. According to the publication, when asked by the woman, the prince only "laughed and said that there was no truth behind the rumors," but she would have asked him to remove the neighbor from the circle of friends closest to the two. No concrete evidence of William's quarrel or betrayal was made public until then. The Royal Mail correspondent, Richard Kay, points out that the gossip arose at British high society dinners in late 2018. He still guarantees that both are hurt by the rumors.Prince William and Kate Middleton this weekend put an end to rumors of marriage problems as they appear in public with their children, but the British press has released photographs that may prove to be the betrayal of Diana's eldest son. In the pictures, a man like William appears in the background with his hand around a woman, whom the British press claims to be Rose Hanbury, the Marquise of Cholmondeley.The Marquise is also friend of Prince Harry and was his company in 2017 at the first state banquet of the Duke of Sussex.Despite the controversy and photos, Prince William's close source has already denied any betrayal and lawyers have already received nominations to prosecute whoever is spreading this alleged rumor. #mistress #RoseHanbury #PrinceWilliam #katemiddleton #DuchessofCambridge
The news of Hanbury and husband David’s art show, then, is a notable return to the public eye. The couple has hosted many events at their Houghton Hall mansion before: in 2016, William and Kate attended one of their charity galas. Before these rumors started flying, the Cambridge couple frequently socialized with the Cholmondeleys —and as joint public appearances waned, many claimed this was a result of Kate trying to excise the couple from their social circle after hearing about the alleged affair.
So, the Hanbury’s art exhibition can be read as a coded statement from the Marchioness and her husband: by welcoming the world into their home, they’re expressing absolute confidence that they have nothing to hide, and that everything to do with their personal lives and marriage is business as usual. But as time goes by, it will be a fascinating test to see whether William and Kate show up to support their friends, as they no doubt would have in the past. If the Cambridge couple blows off the Cholmondeleys exhibit, is that proof of—at least—falling out between Kate and Hanbury? And if they do attend, is it proof that nothing happened? With royals this practiced in giving nothing to an inquisitive media, we may honestly never know.
Originally posted on SheKnows.