The affair story continues to slowly percolate throughout the American media. Most American media outlets have run stories about Prince William, the Duchess of Cambridge and the Marchioness of Cholmondeley (Rose Hanbury), even if those stories are just vague “we don’t really know what happened” recaps. What’s interesting is that while international media outlets (American press, French press, gossip blogs) are openly discussing the details, the British press has been silent for about two full weeks. Their silence is likely because they’re scared of William’s lawsuit threats, which the Daily Beast detailed. William apparently thinks it’s a human rights violation to gossip about whether or not he’s banging a marchioness. Anyway, I saw this tweet yesterday:
The upmarket Vanity Fair France is now running a salacious feature on Prince William's private life. Follows mainstream newspapers such as Nice Matin & le Dauphiné libéré doing the same. Odd to see French media leading coverage of such matters. Must be very sure of their facts.
— Peter Allen (@peterallenparis) April 11, 2019
The point of that tweet – from a journalist in Paris – is that the French papers and magazines are going to do the same thing the American press has been doing, which is continue this steady hum on innuendo and unnamed-source reporting. But I was curious about what Vanity Fair France has written, so I asked all of my French-speaking Celebitches to help a bitch out. Here are some translated highlights, translations courtesy of my Twitter friends Just Juliette and Biquette:
Not the first time. VF France says “it’s not the first time” William and Kate have faced these kinds of rumors but with the Rose Hanbury situation, the Cambridges “seem shaken and destabilized.”
KP is doing everything to kill the rumor. VF France points out that Kensington Palace is doing a lot behind the scenes to kill the rumors, but they aren’t denying the rumors outright. There are threats of lawsuits, but the palace knows that if they actually file a lawsuit, it would be “unprecedented” and “add fuel to the fire.”
The affair is possibly the reason for William & Harry’s falling out. VF France basically just uses Nicole Cliffe’s theory, that Harry found out about William’s affair and that’s what the major beef between them has been this whole time and that Harry “couldn’t understand William’s attitude.”
The Cholmondeleys were cut off. VF France theorizes that the rumors basically started because Kate completely cut off the Cholmondeleys and asked the Turnip Toffs to do the same without explanation, and that’s why there’s been so much gossip within the Toff set. The Sun apparently “received a warning from the Palace in attempt to shut down the story.” But: “This infidelity is supposedly an open secret waiting to be spread on the public place.”
Rose Hanbury’s wild past: “Rose H, 34, is the perfect figure to attract the gossips and feed the tabloids. Before having a prosperous marriage, she was a Brit model, or more specifically an it-girl who used to live on booze nights and photo shots. In the 2000’s, she was one of the London most fancied [socialite] and she was rumored to have a flirt with Hugh Grant.”
[From Vanity Fair France, via translations by Just Juliette and Biquette]
VF France also adds a bit at the end about how all of this is bringing back the ghost of Princess Diana, because cheating and affairs and all that. I maintain that Diana and Charles were their own thing, a tragedy of a young woman who got thrown to the proverbial wolves from Day 1. William and Kate have their own thing. I’m starting to wonder if this affair story is going to die out though – William really seemed to scare the f–k out the British outlets and now no one is saying anything new.
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