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Lady Rose Hanbury

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Sarah Rose Hanbury, Marchioness of Cholmondeley is a British peeress and a former model who is rumored to be the mistress of Prince William of the British royal family and the possible reason for suspected discord among William and his wife Kate Middleton. After British news outlet The Independent ran a profile piece on Rose Hanbury amid the 2024 Where's Kate Middleton? controversy, she became a subject of viral discussions on social media, with users referencing the infidelity rumors and joking that the British media were "soft launching" Prince William's mistress.

Online History

2019 Cheating Rumor

On March 22nd, 2019, British tabloid The Sun[1] reported on a falling out between British Princess Kate Middleton and her long-term friend Rose Hanbury, writing that the Princess viewed Hanbury as a "rural rival" and told Prince William to "phase her out" as one of the couple's closest confidantes. The article did not provide an explanation for the rivalry, but cited a source that claimed that "it was well known that Kate and Rose had had a terrible falling out." The article was later removed from the website. On March 24th, the Daily Mail[2] published an article that considered that the rivalry was simply a rumor.

The reported rivalry led to speculations on gossip blogs and social media, including a rumor that Prince William might have cheated with Rose Hanbury during Kate Middleton's third pregnancy in 2018. For example, on March 30th, 2019, journalist Nicole Cliffe made an X[3] / Twitter thread in which she relayed speculations that William was caught having an affair with Hanbury and that a friend of Hanbury leaked the story after she herself admitted to the affair. The first post in the thread (since deleted) received over 1,400 reposts and 9,400 likes prior to being removed (shown below, left and right).


Nicole Cliffe @Nicole_Cliffe Would it be helpful for me to explain the current Royal scandal w a great deal of personal editorializing? 14:27 30 mar. 2019 1.417 Retweets 9.351 Me gusta 474 17 1,4K 9,4K Nicole Cliffe @Nicole_Cliffe -30 mar. So, last week, the Sun ran a very odd piece about how Kate and Wills had broken up with their couple best friends, the Cholmondeleys. It's pronounced "Chumley," bc that's what aristocrats do. 36 1760 1,2K Nicole Cliffe ❤ @Nicole_Cliffe 30 mar. The piece included the phrase "rural rival," which was the only indication that there was a real story here. The Chumleys are Rose, a former model, and Rose's husband, much older, very rich, very appropriate to be friends w the Cambridges. 11 27 33 614 Nicole Cliffe @Nicole_Cliffe • 30 mar. Wills and Kate FLIPPED and the Sun got one of those more serious warnings: there's no story here, back the F--- OFF. 8 ↑↓ 34 638 Nicole Cliffe @Nicole_Cliffe 30 mar. The story, as it began to spool out (especially among US gossip places who have no reason to need to remain in the good books of the palace) is that Wills got caught having an actual affair w Rose, and Kate severed the social connection with more verve than is her usual style. 21 1762 839 Nicole Cliffe @Nicole_Cliffe 30 mar. Giles Coren tweeted and deleted (how impish) that the affair has been common news for MONTHS if you are a fancy person like himself. 14 48 757 Nicole Cliffe @Nicole_Cliffe · 30 mar. The source for the story is widely supposed to be Rose running her mouth about it to her friends, which, I get, bc what's the fun in sleeping w a bald prince if you can't tell your friends? 22 133 2,4K Nicole Cliffe @Nicole_Cliffe · 30 mar. Now, I have never been a huge Kate person, but obviously to have an affair with perhaps her closest friend out in the sticks (the posh sticks) is disgusting and cruel, and not a mistake that Philip would EVER HAVE MADE. 19 17 40 Nicole Cliffe 1,2K @Nicole_Cliffe - 30 mar. Here's where my personal editorializing kicks in: this is the actual reason that Wills and Harry have been “frosty" for the last several months. It's had NOTHING to do with Meghan. 12 1799 1,5K

In early April 2019, U.S. entertainment magazine In Touch featured the rumor on its cover (shown below), with more blogs and media covering the rumor in the following weeks.[4]


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2024 Cheating Rumor

On March 10th, 2024, amid the spread of the "Where's Kate Middleton?" conspiracy theories on social media, British news outlet The Independent ran a profile piece on Lady Rose Hanbury, posting a link to the article on X[5] / Twitter (shown below).


The Independent ❤ @Independent Lady Rose Hanbury: Who is the Marchioness of Cholmondeley? independent.co.uk/life-style/roy... 10:31 AM Mar 10, 2024 33.8M Views ...

The timing of the article, which was released during the prolonged absence of Kate Middleton from the public eye and spawned rumors that the Princess of Wales may be divorcing her husband, was further boosted by Kensington Palace releasing a digitally altered photograph of Middleton in early March, inspired speculations that the royal family was inconspicuously introducing Prince William's mistress to the public.

On March 11th, 2024, X[6] user @Bigalibigaliboo wrote, "Soft launching William's mistress now is WILD." The post (shown below, left) received over 750 reposts and 22,000 likes in one day. Later that day, X[7] user @DeOne_ made a post that received over 6,800 reposts and 70,000 likes in one day (shown below, right).


The Independent @Independent • Mar 10 Lady Rose Hanbury: Who is the Marchioness of Cholmondeley? independent.co.uk/life-style/roy... 812 17 5K 3.5K III 34M Spirit of Julia Sugarbaker @Bigalibigaliboo Soft launching William's mistress now is WILD 6:34 AM · Mar 11, 2024 985.2K Views Σ ... +] ... #2 @DeOne___ Kate goes missing. Al doctored image drops. Now his side piece is getting a PR run. THERE ARE SIGNS The Independent @Independent • Mar 10 Lady Rose Hanbury: Who is the Marchioness of Cholmondeley? independent.co.uk/life-style/roy... 5:44 AM · Mar 11, 2024 6.6M Views

Additionally, claims that Rose Hanbury was photographed next to Prince William in his car,[8] as well as posts poking fun at Rose Hanbury's jawbreaker title[9] saw spread online (examples shown below, left and right).


Henry VIII @SussexHenry VIII If this is how they launch Camilla 2.0 it really is going to break the internet... and maybe the monarchy 5:58 PM Mar 11, 2024 1.8M Views ... Shasti @sh44sti >press A to traverse the fog Lady Hanbury, Fallen Marchioness of Cholmondeley The Independent @Independent • Mar 10 Lady Rose Hanbury: Who is the Marchioness of Cholmondeley? independent.co.uk/life-style/roy... 8:21 AM Mar 11, 2024 113.9K Views .

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