Kate Middleton’s Supposed ‘Rural Rival’ Showed Up At The Same State Banquet As Her

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For months, rumors have been swirling that Kate Middleton is “feuding” with her longtime friend, Rose Hanbury, and has requested that Rose be “phased out” of their social circle by Prince William.

Some have even gone as far as to call Rose the “rural rival” of the duchess (referring to the fact that Rose is from the area near their country home), and Kate is reportedly quite displeased about the rumors of a feud.

Things escalated when allegations began to spread that Prince William had cheated on his wife with Rose. Of course, this is all pure speculation, and the royal family rarely (if ever) publicly responds to rumors — so it’s fully possible that there’s no tension between Kate and Rose at all.

That said, royal watchers’ eyebrows were raised by the news that the future queen’s supposed frenemy showed up at a recent state banquet at Buckingham Palace.

According to Cosmopolitan, Rose was in attendance at the Monday evening event because of her husband, David Rocksavage, who is the Marquess of Cholmondeley. As part of England’s aristocratic class, it’s expected that the couple show up at certain royal events.

While Kate and Rose were both in attendance, they weren’t pictured in any photos together, so it’s unclear whether they interacted at all. The Sun reported that the two sat separately but not particularly far apart, with Kate seated several meters away from her friend-possibly-turned-frenemy.

In any event, both women looked absolutely stunning at the event. Check out the video to see Kate in the Alexander McQueen dress and Lover’s Knot tiara she wore for the occasion.

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