Kensington Palace today dismissed reports of a rift between Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge and her Norfolk neighbour Rose Hanbury, Marchioness of Cholmondeley. The claims suggested Kate, 37, wanted Rose, 35, “phased out” from hers and Prince William’s social circle. Kensington Palace told Express.co.uk the claims were “inaccurate” but refused to comment any further. Rose is married to Eton-educated David Cholmondeley, 58, the 7th Marquess of Cholmondeley.
What was the ’row’ all about?
The alleged rift centres around a high society group of Norfolk friends dubbed the “Turnip toffs”.
According to The Sun, Rose is known as “Queen Bee” of the set but the former model has angered Kate after a falling out between the two women.
A source told the publication: “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 any more.
“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.”
Kensington Palace today told Express.co.uk the allegations are false.
Rose and her husband David live at Houghton Hall just a few miles down the road from Kate and William’s country manor, Anmer Hall, in Sandringham.
Houghton Hall was built in the 1720s for the UK’s first Prime Minister, Sir Robert Walpole.
Gossip about a spate between Kate and Rose dates back to dinner party tittle tattle arising last year, according to the Daily Mail.
Apparently, William and David were initially “baffled” by the rumours but things turned sour after the ‘row’ hit the headlines at the weekend.
A Cholmondeley family source told the publication: “These hurtful rumours of a fall-out are simply false.
“William and David were in touch with each other over the weekend, not knowing whether to laugh or complain.
“Both wives are hurt by the suggestion that there is any argument or even a coolness between them.
“They have plans for future events involving their charity.
‘This is a question of a lie going round the world before the truth has even had time to take its boots off.”
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