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U.K. stories on Prince William cheating rumor mysteriously disappear, report says


At least 21 stories that hinted at an alleged affair between Prince William and socialite Rose Hanbury, or that reported on an alleged “falling out” between Hanbury and Kate Middleton, have been deleted from U.K. media outlets, a new investigation has found.

An extensive report in Vulture also found that six stories were edited post-publication to remove unflattering information about Hanbury or her connections to the Prince and Princess of Wales. As the Daily Beast said, the report is sure to renew  speculation about a cozy relationship between the British royal family and the British tabloids. It could also raise questions about whether the royal family put pressure on British tabloids, newspapers and magazines to suppress certain reports about William and Kate and Hanbury, their country neighbor in Norfolk, who also carries the hard-to-pronounce title, the Marchioness of Cholmondeley.

The stories in question were originally published between 2019 and 2024 in such publications as the Daily Mail, the Sun, the Mirror and Tatler.

Ellie Hall, the author of the report, said that years of U.K. media coverage about Hanbury and her connections to the House of Windsor “have vanished.” But she said the “mysterious individuals” responsible for the clean-up did a poor job, explaining that “broken links to these vanished stories still exist in each publication’s royal coverage from this timeframe and, in many cases, on these outlets’ official social-media accounts.”

The cheating rumors go back to at least 2019 but have never been substantiated. They resurfaced in early March, courtesy of American late-night host Stephen Colbert. This occurred amid Kate’s months-long disappearance from the public eye, before she revealed her cancer diagnosis. Prior to Kate’s cancer revelation, the dearth of information on her whereabouts — other than that she’d had “major abdominal surgery” in early January — had grown into a global PR nightmare for the royal family and had begun to inspire online jokes and social-media memes.

That’s when Colbert devoted his opening monologue to humorously leaning into the rumor that William had cheated. The late-night host joked that “internet sleuths” were guessing that Kate’s “absence may be related to her husband and the future king of England, William, having an affair.” His remarks prompted Hanbury to issue her first public statement on the rumors. She denied them and sent a legal warning to CBS about Colbert’s “royal mistress” remarks, the Daily Beast said.

Most of the stories deleted from U.K. publications didn’t directly address the rumor of an “aristocratic extramarital romance,” Hall reported. Instead, they mostly contained allusions to apparent tensions between the Princess of Wales and her reported “long-time best friend.”

For example, one deleted March 2019 story, from the Daily Mail’s columnist Richard Eden, reported on a social rivalry between the women, describing Hanbury as Kate’s “rural rival” among “the aristocratic set in East Anglia,” known as  “Turnip Toffs,” Hall reported. William and Kate have a country estate, Anmer Hall, in Norfolk, England, and Rose and her older husband, David Rocksavage, the 7th Marquess of Cholmondeley, own a neighboring …read more

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