The Surprising Reason Prince William and Kate Middleton are ‘Concerned’ About Rose Hanbury

Rumors of an alleged affair between Prince William and Rose Hanbury have been swirling since March, but naturally, there’s been no official denial from the Duke of Cambridge. It’s unlikely that there will be any public statement over the matter, but a recent report shares that Prince William and Middleton are worried about Hanbury.

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Chatter over a royal affair started to gain momentum when Middleton allegedly wanted Hanbury booted from their friend group. She reportedly wanted Prince William to “phase her out,” which was good fodder for rumors of an affair being the root of the issue.

A source told The Sun: “It is well known that Kate and Rose have had a terrible falling out. They used to be close but that is not the case any more. William wants to play peacemaker so the two couples can remain friends, given they live so close to each other and share many mutual friends.”

The source added: “But Kate has been clear that she doesn’t want to see them any more and wants William to phase them out, despite their social status.”

Who is Rose Hanbury?

While Rose Hanbury wasn’t exactly a household name a short time ago, she certainly has gained some media attention as of late. Hanbury is the Marchioness of Cholmondeley and is married to David Rocksavage, the Marquess of Cholmondeley, who is 23 years older than her. The couple has twin boys, Alexander and Oliver, and a daughter, Iris.

Hanbury was a fashion model in her 20s and met Rocksavage during a vacation in Italy in 2003. The couple got married in 2009.

They became close with Prince William and Middleton after the Cambridges moved to their country home, Anmer Hall, in 2014. Hanbury and Rocksavage live in nearby Houghton Hall estate, very close to where the Cambridges lived before they moved to Kensington Palace.

Prince William and Kate Middleton are ‘concerned’ about Hanbury

As the cheating rumors continue to nab headlines, Prince William and Middleton are understandably upset.

A source told HollywoodLife, “Kate and William generally ignore these sorts of nasty rumors,” adding, “But this one has really rocked them, that’s why lawyers are involved. The rumor is so ugly and so false, they couldn’t just ignore it.”

Interestingly, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are also reportedly worried about Hanbury as well, with the source sharing, “And it doesn’t just hurt them, they are very concerned for Rose. She’s a married woman with children, and she’s not used to this kind of public scrutiny. She’s a friend of not only Kate’s but also the entire family, so this is upsetting for everyone.”

How is Kate Middleton moving on following the cheating rumors?

By all appearances, it looks like Prince William and Middleton are in good spirits, despite the rumors, with a source sharing that while the gossip is hurtful, Middleton is “strong.”

The insider explained: “Luckily Kate’s extraordinarily strong, she’s so good at rising above these kinds of things. The rumors bother Kate. They don’t feel good, even though she doesn’t believe them. What is being said about William makes Kate feel uncomfortable, and she believes in her marriage, not the nasty rumors floating around. She trusts William and doesn’t want to give the rumors any attention.”