Officials at Kensington Palace reportedly did everything they could to squash talk of Prince William’s alleged 2019 affair with pal Rose Hanbury, according to the explosive new exposé “Endgame.”
Royal expert Omid Scobie reveals in the new book that the palace“pulled out all the stops” to keep anything from coming out about the 41-year-old’s rumored tryst with Kate Middleton’s former friend, Us Weekly reports.
Press secretary Christian Jones allegedly offered up other stories about the royals — such as Prince Harry and Meghan Markle — to tabloid The Sun “in exchange for standing down on the rumors,” per Us.
“Unfortunately, if a rumor’s left to kind of do its own thing, it can run 20 laps around the world before you even think about how you want to kind of address it,” Scobie told "Entertainment Tonight" this week. “They never addressed it, so those rumors will never go away, even though there’s no truth to suggest that they are true.”
Hanbury — the wife of 7th Marquess of Cholmondeley, David Cholmondeley — had long been a close friend of William and Kate until the rumors began, at which point the trio seemed to distance themselves.
While Hanbury hasn’t been seen around the couple nearly as much in the past few years, her son Lord Oliver served alongside Prince George as a page of honor at King Charles’ coronation this past spring. Hanbury was also at the coronation, though photos of her with Middleton have not been seen, per "ET."
Scobie noted to the outlet that he “was very careful” in his approach to writing about the rumor — including the alleged “fallout” with Hanbury.
“For legal reasons, there are so many things that one can’t go into but I thought it was really important, even if a rumor is a rumor,” Scobie explained. “And I really don’t see proof that there is more to this than just a tittle-tattle, you know.”
Scobie’s revelations about the British monarchy have been making headlines since “Endgame” debuted earlier this week. On Wednesday, the book’s Dutch translation was temporarily pulled from shelves in the Netherlands after an “error” in the text reportedly identified the two “racist royals” who expressed concern over the skin color of Harry and Meghan’s son.
TV host Piers Morgan later claimed that King Charles and Kate Middleton were the senior royals who made the controversial comments.