The information that sparked dozens of reactions around the world a few days ago is about fake news. The alleged infidelity of Prince William to Kate Middleton, as well as the specifics of his alleged relationship with aristocrat Rose Hanbury, made headlines in the royal press, but where did this information come from?
The Prince of Wales, 40, was romantically linked to Rose Hanbury, Marchioness of Cholmondeley, 38, four years ago. The leak of some photos with Kate Middleton’s friend sparked a flurry of comments, but the rumour has recently gained traction.
Rose Hanbury and prince William affair
The heir to the throne spent Valentine’s Day with his alleged mistress and even gave her a necklace, according to an American media outlet called ‘Music Mundial,’ but the information was spread without any evidence or source to back it up. Since then, media from other countries have echoed the news, which has been published on various websites.
The source was said to be British tabloids like The Sun, The Daily Mail, or The Mirror, but the only trace of the news is the aforementioned tabloid media.
The “news” had “disappeared” from the British media a few days later. However, representatives from various media outlets claim that the story was never published.
The’super injunction’ was the main hypothesis that was shuffled because there had already been talk of this type of legal censorship three years ago when rumours of a romance between William and Hanbury did emerge strongly in the tabloids, which suddenly stopped talking about it.
“We haven’t used any super injunction because we never published it,” say Daily Mail, Sun, Mirror, Telegraph, or Observer sources. “Whether or not William had something with that woman (Rose Hanbury) is something we don’t know, and we have no proof, but there is nothing new about what he said four years ago,” the tabloids add.
“It’s a four-year-old story about which we know nothing new,” say tabloid sources consulted by Infor Malia.
The royal chronicler Richard Kay (The Daily Mail), who was a friend of Princess Diana, qualifies this rumour as fake news.
“The claim that it was censored because it was not published is false. “No one, except an unknown American page that provided no proof and did not even cite sources,” says an informant from The Mirror’s editorial office in London.