Is the British Media Covering Up this Royal Scandal?

In April 2019, US magazine In Touch published potentially scandalous news: the second in line to the throne of Great Britain and Northern Island, Prince William, was having an affair… The story immediately hit news headlines across the world – except for the newspapers in the United Kingdom Why? According to the magazine, anonymous internal sources say Prince William’s affair is common knowledge among privileged circles since a year before the rumour broke out

Allegedly, the affair started when the Duchess of Cambridge was pregnant with Prince Louis, their third child In that period, William grew close to Marchioness Rose Hanbury, a former British model and wife of Marquess David Cholmondeley The Cholmondeleys are one of the grandest families in Britain, and their relationship with the Royal Family goes back a long time When he was only 14 years old, the Marquess was awarded the title of Page Of Honour by Queen Elizabeth II He is also the Lord Great Chamberlain and, as such, he is responsible for overseeing activities whenever the Queen opens parliament

He is also a good friend of Prince Charles, William’s father and the first in the line of succession Rose Hanbury’s resume is no less impressive; her grandmother, Lady Elizabeth Longman, was close friends with Queen Elizabeth II and was even a bridesmaid at the Queen’s wedding The Cholmondeleys were very close to the royal couple as well Kate and Rose seemed inseparable, as did their husbands and their children They no longer seem so close

So what happened? According to tabloids, Kate ended the families’ friendship because she discovered William was cheating on her with Rose Anonymous sources revealed to In Touch magazine that she even told her husband to have Rose “phased out” of their circle And the rumour spread Magazines focused their attention not only on William and Kate but on the Cholmondeleys’ marriage too With a 23-year age gap between Rose and her husband, the claim is that their lifestyles and interests are too different to coexist When Rose showed up at a state dinner for Donald Trump in June 2019 without her wedding ring on, the gossip did anything but settle down But, apart from this episode, which, in any case, can only prove the Cholmondeleys’ marriage might be rocky, there’s no actual proof that any of these claims are true Most of the sources reported by the media are anonymous

Given the importance of the people involved, it’s understandable that they would wish to remain anonymous Nonetheless their anonymity means no one can clearly confirm the rumour The only notable source cited in articles is Rose’s parents who, when asked about the affair, expressed surprise and replied, ""Nothing to say about it Got no comment There is no comment

"" Because of this, the controversy amounts to nothing more than the word of global gossip magazines against the word of the royal family and the British press, which doesn’t seem to give credit to the allegations at all However, if the tabloids are merely speculating, why did Prince William’s lawyers get involved in the matter? According to The Daily Beast, an American website, at least one British publication was served with legal warnings by the royal family’s lawyers, Harbottle and Lewis, after publishing early details of the rumours One of the solicitors’ letters reportedly states, “In addition to being false and highly damaging, the publication of false speculation in respect of our clients’ private life also constitutes a breach of his privacy pursuant to Article 8 of European Convention of Human Rights” The former royal editor of The Sun, Duncan Larcombe, believes “the use of a legal letter by William as a future king is very much a move of last resort” He added that traditionally, in these circumstances, the British royal family would not specifically take legal action against the press

Therefore, if the royal family has nothing to hide, why is it breaking its own protocol? And there’s more The Daily Beast also reported that Giles Coren, a prominent staff writer for The London Times, tweeted,“Yes, it is an affair I haven’t read the [article by In Touch] but I know about the affair

Everyone knows about the affair” Then, he deleted the tweet When asked, Coren declined to comment and denied the palace pressured him to delete it Still, it does look a bit suspicious Additionally, tabloids have pointed out how this is not the first rumour about William’s infidelity

In 2017, The Sun and The Daily Mail published footage and photographs showing the prince flirting with two girls in a Swiss nightclub On this basis, some, like American website The List, suggest Kate and William’s marriage has already ended, but they grin and bear it for the Queen who, according to the media, wants to avoid any scandals and is therefore stopping them getting a divorce This might make sense but, again, why is the UK media, which is often happy to criticise the royal family, so silent about this particular potential scandal? Maybe the answer is they’re just not interested in it Instead, over the past few years, British tabloids have been very harsh on Meghan Markle So much so that her husband, Prince Harry, has publicly accused the UK press of bullying his wife

In October 2019, he said, “I’ve seen what happens when someone I love is commoditised to the point that they are no longer treated or seen as a real person [] I lost my mother and now I watch my wife falling victim to the same powerful forces

” However, are these “powerful forces” really using Meghan for an ulterior purpose? International press like Asia One believe the constant attacks on Meghan Markle by the British press are intended to draw attention away from William’s infidelity After all, the first to publish the rumour was the tabloid In Touch, well known for making up breaking news at least once a year, whether it was their ‘scoop’ on Jennifer Aniston’s pregnancy or Barack Obama’s affair In this context, it may seem reasonable for the UK media to ignore royal rumours for once Even if William’s legal actions against the press look suspicious, and some of the rumours make sense, these things alone are not tangible evidence for a new royal scandal The truth, as it has always been, is known only to the royal family, and maybe the UK media too

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