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Who Is Rose Hanbury? New Details About Kate Middleton's Best Friend-Turned-Rival

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Who Is Rose Hanbury? New Details About Kate Middleton's Best Friend-Turned-Rival

Is there another royal feud brewing? If you want to believe the tabloids, then yes! Kate Middleton is no stranger to rumors of feuds, making us wonder if there is some grain of truth to it all. Over the past few months alone, Middleton has been accused a number of times of being in a fight with her sister-in-law Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex. Now, The Sun now claims Kate has another "rival," Rose Hanbury, the Marchioness of Cholmondeley. Other publications have called this rumor rubbish and reported that both Kate and Rose "have considered legal action but because none of the reports have been able to offer any evidence about what the so-called dispute is about, they have chosen to ignore it." Who is Rose Hanbury?

1. She is the Marchioness of Cholmondeley

She is married to David Rocksavae, the 7th Marquess of Cholmondeley. They met in 2003 while on vacation in Italy. The couple married in 2009 after a brief engagement. The wedding took place at the Chelsea Town Hall. They announced their engagement in June 2009 and the following day it was revealed that the couple was expecting a baby. The day after that they got married. 

2. She is a former model

Rose Hanbury is a former fashion model who once reportedly had a contract with Storm, the agency best known for discovering Kate Moss. She also briefly worked in parliament with then shadow education minister Michael Gove. 

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3. She has three children

Rose, 32, and her husband David, 55 have three children together: twin boys Alexander and Oliver and a younger daughter named Iris. David inherited an estimated $148 million estate 25 years ago. The inheritance included Cholmondeley Castle in Cheshire.


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4. Her home

Rose, David and their children live at Houghton Hall in Norfolk. The home was built in the 1700s for the first Prime Minister of Britain, Sir Robert Walpole. David is a descendant of Walpole. It;s located just three miles from Prince William and Kate Middleton's home, Anmer Hall. The couples run in the same social circle. The British press calls their group of friends "turnip toffs."


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5. Her royal connections

Besides her friendship with William and Kate, Rose's grandmother Lady Rose Lambert, for whom she is named, was a bridesmaid when Queen Elizabeth married Prince Phillip in 1947.

6. The rumored feud

The Sun has claimed that Kate Middleton wanted Rose "phased out" of their circle of friends and that she viewed Rose as her "rural rival." It also reported that Prince William was trying to heal the rift between the two women. However, The Daily Mail debunked the rumors saying that even though both women have considered legal action over the rumors, neither is proceeding with it because there is simply no truth to the allegations.

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Amy Lamare is a Los Angeles based freelance writer covering entertainment, pop culture, beauty, fashion, fitness, technology, and the intersection of technology, business, and philanthropy. She is deeply devoted to her chocolate Labrador and an avid long distance runner. You can find her on Instagram and Facebook.