Revealed: Rose Hanbury Reacts to Rumors of Her Affair With Prince William

Royal fans just don’t know what to believe—would Prince William, who has a seemingly perfect marriage with his wife, Kate Middleton, really cheat and risk it all? Or are the tabloids blowing things way out of proportion?

The British media has tread lightly on this matter and most haven’t reported on the scandal. Why? Fear of litigation, for one thing. But the bigger reason is that there isn’t any proof that Prince William cheated other than the circumstantial evidence that the Duchess of Cambridge allegedly wanted to “phase out” Rose Hanbury from their social circle.

There are some royal fans who questioned if Rose Hanbury made up the rumors herself and spread them for attention. However, after weeks of silence the Marchioness of Cholmondeley has finally sent a huge message that didn’t require a single word.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with Rose Hanbury
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with Rose Hanbury | Stephen Pond/Getty Images

Did Prince William really cheat on his wife?

There are only two people who know for sure if the Duke of Cambridge really followed in his father’s cheating footsteps. Most people only know a few incriminating details that could be interpreted in several ways.

The backstory goes like this: Prince William and Kate Middleton used to be friends with the Marchioness and her husband, David Cholmondeley. They were all part of a social set known as the “Turnip Toffs” and did things like attend charity events together and play charades in their sprawling mansions. But then out of the blue, or so it seemed, the Duchess of Cambridge cut ties with her former friend. People were desperate to figure out why.

Prince William Kate Middleton and Rose Hanbury
HRH Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge are greeted by Rose Cholmondeley, the Marchioness of Cholmondeley |Stephen Pond/Getty Images

Rumors of infidelity began in the tabloids and quickly gained legs on social media. One now-deleted tweet from British reporter Giles Coren said, “everyone knows about the affair.” But did they? It’s all so unclear.

As expected, the Palace has refused to dignify the rumors with a response. However, after weeks of silence, Rose Hanbury is going public in her own way.

The Cholmondeleys are returning to the public eye

Houghton Hall
Houghton Hall | Angelo Hornak/Corbis via Getty Images

Now that the rumors have mostly blown over, Rose Hanbury and her husband are ready to return to the spotlight. The British magazine Tatler reported that the Marquess is hosting an art show this summer in their home, Houghton Hall. This is kind of a big deal after they’ve been essentially hiding out for months.

The move is being interpreted as a statement of innocence, or at least of not caring what people think. Inviting friends and foes into their home is certainly sending a message that they’ve moved on from the cheating scandal and hope everyone can do the same. It’s the equivalent of admitting they’ve got nothing to hide.

But no matter how innocent this couple proclaims to be, you shouldn’t expect to see Prince William and Kate Middleton at the art show.

When will the Prince William affair rumors die out?

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

The one thing Prince William needs for the rumors to go away is time. Now that there’s a new royal family event to focus on—the birth of Archie Harrison, Prince Harry’s first baby—people will start losing interest in unproven affair rumors and move on with their lives.

If there aren’t any more questions of the Duke of Cambridge’s devotion to his wife, then expect the rumors to fade out forever.