Prince William Affair: Did Kate Middleton and Rose Hanbury Cross Paths Recently

Kate Middleton and Prince William have had to deal with rumors of the latter’s alleged infidelity for the past several months. The media has been relentless in pushing the rumor that Prince William had an affair with his wife’s closest friend: Rose Hanbury.

Just when it looked like the rumors were beginning to fade, the state banquet and a certain guest brought the alleged affair back in the limelight. The Duchess of Cambridge and Hanbury were both photographed at the dinner, which begs to question: Did Kate Middleton and Rose Hanbury see each other at the State Banquet?

Prince William and Kate Middleton
Prince William and Kate Middleton | Chris Jackson / Getty Images for St James’s Palace

Who is Rose Hanbury?

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have been friends with Hanbury and her husband, David Rock­savage, for several years. Hanbury has long been known as Middleton’s closest friend

Rocksavage is the Marquess of Cholmondeley. He also holds the title of Lord Great Chamberlain. Rocksavage’s position is a ceremonial one and as such he has an active role in various royal functions. 

Though the two couples had known each other for several years, it is believed that they became close in 2014 when The Marquess and Marchioness of Cholmondeley began living full-time at their home in Houghton Hall, just down the road from Prince William and Middleton’s home at Anmer Hall. The two couples have been seen out together on several occasions. 

Before marrying Rocksavage, Hanbury was a fashion model. She married Rocksavage, who is 23 years her senior, in 2009 after a relatively short engagement. 

Why do some people believe that Prince William had an affair?

There really has been nothing to substantiate the allegations of an affair between Prince William and Hanbury. The rumors of an affair began when Middleton and Hanbury had an alleged falling out. Though the falling out has never been confirmed, media sites have speculated that the women no longer speak to each other because of an affair between Hanbury and Prince William.

While the royal family is frequently the target of baseless rumors, this particular rumor likely was given extra life because of Prince William’s family history. Prince Charles notoriously had a longtime affair with now-Duchess of Cornwall Camilla Parker Bowles while he was still married to Prince William’s mother, Princess Diana. 

The rumors regarding Prince William have persisted for the past several months, but the royal family has chosen to ignore them. In fact, it has been reported that both families have considered taking legal action regarding the slanderous claims. 

A source told US Weekly that the rumors about the affair has strengthened the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s relationship. Both Prince William and Middleton are secure in their relationship and realize that these rumors are just that, rumors. The source revealed that facing these rumors have made the couple realize that they need to take more time to get together and analyze their relationship. 

Did Kate Middleton and Rose Hanbury cross paths at the state banquet?

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It is not unusual for Hanbury to attend the state banquet, as she has done it on several occasions before this year. What is unusual is that Hanbury reportedly attended the event without her wedding ring

Though it could be argued that Hanbury’s attendance made for an awkward affair, the fact that her invited was not rescinded seems to indicate that the Duchess of Cambridge finds no merit in the ongoing rumors. 

There is no clear indication that Middleton and Hanbury crossed paths at the State Dinner. The two were not photographed together, nor did either party comment about Hanbury’s attendance. But if the two did come across each other, it was likely without incident.