Here's the Real Deal With Those Prince William and Kate Middleton Affair Rumors

Ever since that those Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle feud rumors were *finally* put to rest, tabloids have been taken with an alleged “falling out” involving Kate, Prince William, and a family friend named Rose Hanbury, who is the Marchioness of Cholmondeley (which is somehow pronounced like “Chumley”). But it seems the royal family is hella peeved about these reports because they’ve reportedly taken to legal action…and some think it’s because of an affair. If you’re confused about these rumors, the phrase “rural rival” that’s been thrown around lately, and who TF Rose even is, we got you.

Okay first thing’s first, who is Rose?

Rose, aka the Marchioness of Cholmondeley, is a former model who lives with her husband, film director David Rocksavage, in Norfolk, England. (For the uninitiated, Google says a marchioness is the wife of someone who ranks just below a duke in the British peer system.)

Rose’s home is pretty close to Kate and William’s Anmer Hall country home, and they run in the same social circles. Since Rose lives in the countryside, that’s likely why British tabloid The Sun started referring to her as Kate’s “rural rival” once things turned sour.

Things “turned sour” between Rose and Kate? What even happened?

The American publication In Touch reported William may have had an affair with Rose, and when Kate supposedly confronted him about it, he apparently “laughed it off saying there was nothing to it.” 😬

Again, nothing has been confirmed, and there’s no actual public evidence that William cheated on Kate, so these reports are shaky at best.

Plus, according to the Daily Mail‘s royal reporter Richard Kay, it’s all fake news. He wrote:

Tell me more about this legal action.

Okay, this is where things get a little tricky. Even though Richard said there’s no ongoing legal action happening from the royals right now, The Daily Beast claims otherwise.

In a recently published report, the outlet said they “understand that pressure was applied by the palace” to get affair rumor claims removed from staff writer Giles Coren’s Twitter. If you’re wondering what Giles of The Times of London‘s tweet said, it reportedly went a little something like this: “Yes, it is an affair. I haven’t read the piece but I know about the affair. Everyone knows about the affair, darling.” Eek!

Even scarier, The Daily Beast reports that at least one British publication “has been served with legal warnings after publishing details of the rumors by the royals’ lawyers of choice.”

One of the letters from the royals’ lawyers allegedly stated:

So what’s the truth?

Nobody but William, Kate, and Rose really know what actually went down—if anything—but the British tabloids definitely have to be extra cautious (as they should be) when deciding what to report or else they may get served with more papers.

After all, according to The Sun‘s royal editor, Duncan Larcombe, “While traditionally, the British royal family would not take specific legal action…William and Harry are willing to do it in their own way.”

That said, when the royals hosted Donald Trump at the palace in early June, Rose was there! (She went to event with her husband because going to events like these is basically his job.) Kate and Rose didn’t sit together, but being in the same room is obviously a good sign that there are no hard feelings between them.

And that’s that on that!

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