Prince William and Kate Middleton Celebrate Their 8 Year Anniversary Despite Those Cheating Rumors

The worst thing about rumors is that even when they’re not based in fact, there will always be people who believe them. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are finding that out the hard way in the wake of those extremely damaging, likely untrue rumors about Prince William engaging in extramarital flirtations or even worse with Kate Middleton’s friend, Rose Hanbury.

The couple put on a brave face today as they celebrated eight years of wedded bliss and pointedly ignored any naysayers who believe their marriage could be in trouble. Even if it was, you probably wouldn’t know about it – but that doesn’t mean Will and Kate are hiding a multitude of marital issues. They could be laughing off all this talk of infidelity right this minute.

Prince William and Kate Middleton
Prince William and Kate Middleton | Chris Jackson/Getty Images

Kensington Palace celebrated their anniversary on social media

The royal family proved yet again that they’re finally modernizing the monarchy when they shared a sweet post for Kate Middleton and Prince William’s eighth wedding anniversary on social media. The tweet featured a collage of photos from that special day in 2011 along with a caption that said: “8 years ago today — thank you for your lovely messages on The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding anniversary!”

The future king and his lovely bride had their wedding at Westminster Abbey on April 29, 2011. The pair was dating since 2003, briefly split in 2007, and made the public wait years for them to tie the knot. But in the end it was worth it—their wedding was a fairytale that tens of millions of people watched either on television or live streamed from their computers.

Is Prince William and Kate Middleton’s marriage on the rocks?

Up until a few months ago, most people believed that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s marriage was rock solid. They have three young children—Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis—plus every time they’re caught on camera, they’re looking at each other so sweetly it’s hard to imagine any underlying strife. Either that or they’re really good actors.

But then the news broke that Kate Middleton was insisting the couple “phase out” the Marchioness of Cholmodeley (Rose Hanbury) from their inner circle of friends. People were confused about why that would happen—after all, they live near Prince William and Kate Middleton’s country home and apparently the foursome used to be close friends. That’s when tabloids started speculating that there was more to the story. Specifically, that Prince William got too close to the Marchioness.

Prince William and Kate Middleton
Prince William and Kate Middleton | Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images

Why didn’t Prince William deny the rumors?

Kensington Palace and Prince William himself have yet to acknowledge the rumors publicly except for threatening legal action against the tabloids reporting the story. Why not say anything? The short answer is that denying the rumors often has the opposite effect and makes more people start believing lies. Simply ignoring them as being too outlandish to address is a much more effective strategy.

Actually, sharing sweet photos from the couple’s wedding for their anniversary is a brilliant want to remind royal fans that everything is wonderful between the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. Surely the couple had a lovely anniversary and will be celebrating many more happy years together.