New Details About The Kate Middleton/Rose Hanbury Feud

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New Details About The Kate Middleton/Rose Hanbury Feud

Having a (literally) majestic home in the country nearby to one of your besties would be a dream for most couples. But for Prince William and his wife Kate Middleton, the proximity to at least one set of neighbors may be causing more friction than joy for the couple.

The Queen gifted Will and Kate the gorgeous, 10-bedroom Anmer Hall when they got married and Kate spent two years fixing it up just so. By 2015, they and the kids were regularly using it as a country getaway from their regular home at Kensington Palace. Anmer is just a few miles away from the sprawling, 106-room Houghton Hall, the residence of Rose Hanbury, the Marchioness of Cholmondeley and her husband David Rocksavage, the 7the Marquess of Cholmondeley. While it’s long been reported that the two couples enjoyed socializing together, now some tabloids are saying that Rose and Kate have fallen out and their friendship is done.

Read on for all the details about the Kate Middleton/Rose Hanbury feud.

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1. Rose

Rose is a former model and also spent time working as a researcher for a Conservative Member of Parliament. Her political connections don’t only lean to the right however, she had her sister were once photographed poolside with labor Prime Minister Tony Blair.

She does from a well-connected family; her grandmother is Lady Elizabeth Lambert was one of the eight bridesmaid’s to Queen Elizabeth when she married Prince Phillip in 1947.

2. Hasty marriage

Rose is married to David Rocksavage, who is the Marquess of Cholmondeley and he’s a descendant of Sir Robert Walpole and also related to the Rothschild and Sassoon families. He’s 23 years older than she is.

The couple met while traveling in 2003 and dated for the next six years. Then, all of a sudden, they announced that they were engaged. A day later, news broke that Rose was expecting a baby. One day after that, the couple were married. They are parents to twin boys and a daughter. The couple is worth an estimated £112 million, or $148 million.

3. Fancy Homes

The couple owns two homes, both in the British countryside. One is Houghton Hall in Norfolk, a 106-room manor that’s only a few miles away from where Kate and Will’s country home, located on the Queen’s Norfolk property. Houghton Hall is a private residence but it is open for tours during the warmer months.

While that is their primary residence, they also own Cholmondeley Castle in Cheshire, which has been in David’s family since the 12th Century.

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4.  Royal pals

The proximity to one another and the fact that they travel in similar social circles makes the friendship between Rose and Kate seem natural. In fact, the two women have been photographed together at events more than once, and it’s rumored that their children enjoy playing together.

David and Rose have even joined Kate and William on double dates in the past.

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5. Rural rival

Now, all of a sudden, Kate wants nothing more to do with Rose. Rumor has it that she considers Rose her “rural rival” and doesn’t intend to socialize with the family any longer. A source close to them told The Sun that “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 anymore. 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. 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.”

It’s unclear what may have sparked the feud, but a now-deleted tweet from British reporter Giles Coren suggested that William might be having an affair with Rose.

6. Not true

However, neither woman is willing to admit that any of the rumors are true. Richard Kay, writing for the Daily Mail reported that “I am told the rumours of a falling out between these two attractive young women are false. I can also reveal both sides 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.”

Is there a feud going on among Britain’s aristocrats? We may never know the truth.

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Rebekah Kuschmider has been writing about celebrities, pop culture, entertainment, and politics since 2010. Her work has been seen at Ravishly, Babble, Scary Mommy, The Mid, Redbook online, and The Broad Side. She is the creator of the blog Stay at Home Pundit and she is a cohost of the weekly podcast The More Perfect Union.