Who is Rose Hanbury? Prince William and Kate Middleton's friendship with Marchioness of Cholmondeley has reportedly cooled
Rose Hanbury, the Marchioness of Cholmondeley, is in the spotlight following claims of an alleged rift between her and her friend Kate Middleton - one which has since been disputed and reportedly led the pair to consider pursuing legal action.
Rose is believed to be a close friend of Kate Middleton and Prince William’s. She was recently ranked 10th in Tatler's social power list (the Cambridges were number one) and is counted as one of the so-called 'turnip toffs', the nickname given to Kate and Will's high society friends in Norfolk.
With an impressive history of her own, here’s everything you need to know about the fabulously named Marchioness of Cholmondeley - and those Kate Middleton rumours.
Who is Rose Hanbury?
Rose Hanbury is the Marchioness of Cholmondeley, and is believed to be part of Kate Middleton and Prince William’s inner circle in Norfolk - nicknamed the “turnip toffs”. She has worked in the past as a model represented by Kate Moss’ former agency Storm as well as in the political arena, as a researcher for then shadow education minister Michael Gove. Rose has also made a name for herself as a prominent socialite, as she and her sister Marina had in the past featured on Tatler's 100 Most Invited List.
How is Rose Hanbury connected to Prince William and the Royal Family?
Rose's grandmother Lady Elizabeth Longman was one of Queen Elizabeth’s bridesmaids at her wedding to Prince Philip in 1947 and the pair remained friends until her death in 2016. Hanbury has appeared at a number of events with the royals, including a Buckingham Palace state banquet in 2017 in which she was photographed sitting beside Prince Harry.
Rose eventually married David Rocksavage, the 7th Marquess of Cholmondeley, and became Marchioness of Cholmondeley.
In 2005, she made headlines when she and her sister Marina Hanbury were both photographed posing with former Prime Minister Tony Blair wearing matching bikinis.
Who is Rose Hanbury married to?
Rose is married to David Rocksavage, Marquess of Cholmondeley who is currently 58 years old. Tatler reported that the pair first met in 2003 while on holiday in Italy. According to Hello!, they tied the knot following a short engagement in 2009: “In June 2009 the couple announced their engagement, the next day it was revealed they were expecting and just a day later they tied the knot.”
David inherited a £112 million estate which includes the titular Cholmondeley Castle in Cheshire. The couple are currently believed to be living in Houghton Hall, a beautiful, historical site which was the home of the first prime minister Sir Robert Walpole. David is a descendent of the former prime minister and the couple's home is just a few miles away from Kate and Prince William’s home, Anmer Hall.
The couple have three children together: Alexander (the Earl of Rocksavage), Oliver (Lord Cholmondeley) and Lady Iris. According to Tatler, their sons are said to be Prince George's friends.
Is Rose Hanbury fighting with Kate Middleton?
A report by The Sun claimed that Kate Middleton wanted Rose “phased out” of her friendship circle and that the Duchess viewed her as her “rural rival”. It also alleged that Prince William was attempting to heal the rift between the pair.
The Daily Mail has since reported that both Kate and Rose “have considered legal action” over the matter, however chose not to as “none of the reports have been able to offer any evidence about what the so-called dispute is about”.