Prince William went solo to Rose Hanbury’s estate to check out the horse trials

Today in Overshadowing the Jubbly, Prince William was hanging out at Rose Hanbury’s estate in Norfolk this past weekend. I wondered where William and Kate were last week, and it looks like they spent some time in Norfolk, at their country home Anmer Hall. There have been some reports that Will and Kate would give up Anmer Hall because they wanted to move to Windsor full-time, but I still don’t believe that they would ever give up Anmer. In any case, William went to the Houghton Hall estate – aka, the estate of Rose Hanbury and David Rocksavage – for the Houghton International Horse Trials. Kate was not with him. The kids were not with him.

William did run into Zara and Mike Tindall, and there were lots of photos of Mike and William hugging and laughing with one another. Zara was competing in the horse trials, so it’s likely that William went there specifically to see Zara… although it’s sus, right? The British media went into overdrive to make “Mike & Will” the story, as in “Will and Mike’s bromance.” The basic gist is “who needs Harry when William has MIKE!” Also: the three Tindall kids were there, so it was a kid-friendly event. Wonder why William didn’t bring his kids? Maybe it wasn’t his weekend with them. Maybe he was already at Houghton Hall and he just decided to stop by the horse trials.

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  1. Aurora says:

    Willy saw all the photos of Harry and Nacho Bro-ing it up playing polo and realized he need a bro too. Enter Mike.

    A bigger challenge will be recruiting a BFF for Kate.

    • equality says:

      That’s what I was thinking. Will and Mike look kind of awkward in the photos. And he didn’t bother to hug Zara?

      • Alexandria says:

        Suspect they have more in common with each other than with Harry. So it’s not a stretch that they are close.

      • Agreatreckoning says:

        Agree @ Alexandria. Polo Snack Bros are greater than the newly formed Bigoted Bully Bros.

      • CocofromCanada says:

        Awkward is an understatement! Yeah Those two really compare to Harry and Nacho <3

    • Eurydice says:

      My first thought, too. Have we seen Will this animated before? It seems like he’s been glum for years.

    • Layla says:

      No wonder there was a really big stench. The desperation… 🤧

      “Please hug me”

    • Beach Dreams says:

      Definitely. He’s always been close to the Tindalls but this is a rather obvious “I’ve got friends too!” photo-op.

    • Swaz says:

      You see Harry I can get hugs too”, desperation. William so want to be loved, I think he wants to be Harry more than any thing else, oh the irony!!

    • Christine says:

      Bingo, Aurora!

    • HeyJude says:

      Seriously, he’s so lame. Constantly threatened by his baby brother from the time they were tiny.

      • PC says:

        William is screaming, “Look, I can ride a horse”, “Look, I’m having a bromance”. I swear, copy keening is a Cambridge family trait.

  2. Harla says:

    I’ve never seen a photo of William out and about with his children, does he ever spend any alone time with them?

    • Amy Bee says:

      There are some pictures that came out last year when he went to some running event at Sandringham with George and Charlotte the day before his birthday. I suspect that was a deal he made with the press in lieu of birthday pictures.

    • Becks1 says:

      He took the older two out last year to a Father’s Day event near Sandringham (like a local race or something).

    • AmelieOriginal says:

      Yes he brought George and Charlotte to the beginning of a racing event at Sandringham and I think they got to press the official horn that kicked off the race. It’s the only event that comes to mind apart from that one event where William took George to the palace around the holidays a few years ago to make Christmas pudding and the Queen and Prince Charles were also present. It was an “heir to the throne” only event and was kind of awkward.

    • sunny says:

      Yup, he does. Ex. all those which were previously cited and recently he was seen talking Charlotte to a friend’s birthday party(though it was clear that he did the dad drop off and didn’t stay). I suspect we will see more of this as he and Kate live more and more separate lives.

  3. Amy Bee says:

    Kate knows she can’t show her face around Houghton Hall anymore. William was in London on Saturday so she probably just stayed at KP with the chidlren.

    • L84Tea says:

      Just goes to show that Kate and Carole can’t strategize everything in life. Kate played herself and got shown the door by the Toffs. Poetic justice.

      • BothSidesNow says:

        Yes it is. KHate has been shown the proverbial door as it seems.

      • Deering24 says:

        Hee. Kate is having one lousy couple of weeks, at the least. It’s one thing to get your butt handed to you overseas, but for everyone at home to be turning on you…🤣🤣🤣😈

  4. Mary Tosti says:

    Um.. Pardon???

  5. BUBS says:

    Who needs William when Harry has Nacho?

    • Digital Unicorn says:

      You mean who needs Mike when you have Nacho. Cain doesn’t have any hot friends.

  6. Snuffles says:

    Willy was totes jelly of all those Harry and “brother from another mother” Nacho pictures. Wills is like, “I have friends too I can banter with! OK, well it’s my cousin’s husband, but SEE!!!”

    • C says:

      The one who said he wanted to assault Harry no less.

      • Wiglet Watcher says:

        They’re all sucking up to William for favor. And they’ve all said and done some very racist things.

        If William was the spare he would be the joke of the family. These photos, his work ethic, what he has to say? All he has in this world is being born first to the heir.

      • L84Tea says:

        Zara (and Mike) have their lips permanently glued to William’s backside. They wanna stay on the royal property forever and know who they have to suck up to.

      • Laura-Lee MacDonald says:

        That was my first thought, too: “Oh yeah, the goon who wanted to beat the tar out of Harry because of toxic masculinity.” Grand. Ugh.

    • PrincessK says:

      The Tindalls need to keep up their royal connections because it helps them get contracts etc. They know William will have the power eventually and so they want to ensure that they continue to have plenty of photo opps with senior royals going forward.

  7. Becks1 says:

    Damn. This was a choice. he could have gone with even one of the children and it wouldn’t have been such bad optics, lol.

    But as it is it looks like he went to houghton, the home of his (current or ex) mistress and left the wife and kids at home.

    • Jais says:

      Right? This just seems like something that the kids would like to go to as well.

      • Becks1 says:

        and they have gone to this event with the kids before IIRC, I think pictures surfaced around the time of the affair rumors. I think they may have even gone after the affair rumors surfaced, but I’m not 100% positive. so that just makes it weirder and more obvious IMO.

        ETA just checked, they went in 2018

      • Jais says:

        I don’t know the exact dates, but I think there are pics of Kate at this event in a striped shirt and another in a floaty blue dress. So they’ve attended at least twice before? It’s funny how we mark and recognize events through our clothes. I didn’t realize though that it was around the time of the affair rumors.

      • BothSidesNow says:

        Agreed!! This looks like all 3 of the children would have had a spectacular time at this event. There was quite a bit of entertainment for all of them. I guess Bullyiam couldn’t be bothered to take his children out.

      • PrincessK says:

        Kate would not want the kids to go without her.

    • Anance says:

      The Daily Mail used this quote to describe William’s parenting situation.

      “William shares George, eight, Charlotte, seven, and Louis, four, with wife Kate. Mike and Zara are also parents to eight-year-old Mia and three-year-old Lena.”


      I wonder if the weird separation rumors were true. It’s such a strange construction.

      • Jais says:

        I think they’ve used the word “share” before but using it here again is a choice, as Becks1 said above. Idk, it just seems like the DM is pretty clearly telegraphing that the Cambridges are separated and share the kids. They can’t say it outright but they can say this.

      • PaulaH says:

        Strange indeed. Something isn’t right

      • Beach Dreams says:

        This is at least the 3rd or 4th time that “share” has been used for these two. Definitely pointed on the media’s part.

      • Digital Unicorn says:

        This is deliberate on the media’s part – they are hinting at a Keen separation. Once TQ passes it will all come out in the wash – they will divorce and I think they are still discussion the terms, hence all these property stories.

      • BothSidesNow says:

        @ Digital Unicorn, absolutely!! The Daily Fail used this term on purpose, it wasn’t an accident. And I agree that once TQ passes, KHate and her buttons get the boot!! I can see Charles already salivating at the chance of putting Ma Meddleton and her criminal brother out of the picture. CarolE has over stepped her boundaries too many times.

        Could not have happened to a MORE deserving couple…..

      • Alice says:

        I’m totally team They’ve Seperated.

        Also, Charles gets a pass from a lot of people because he has loved Camilla for so long and because Diana was truly a beauty and Camilla, bless, is NOT so like. This isn’t a trophy wife situation.

        Will? That’s a man who likes to outdo his brother. No way Rose gives up her life to be the next Mrs Wills, so the Kate Replacement will be a Trophy Wife Extreme.

      • Rapunzel says:

        Kate, you in danger, girl.

        The difference in Will “shares” his kids with his wife, but Mike and Zara “are parents” is clearly shady. Nobody I know would describe a married man as “sharing” his kids with his wife. Married couples “have” kids. Period. Divorced/Separated couples “share” custody.

        They are either separated, or on their way to being separated and the press know it.

      • Dee Kay says:

        @Alice: Unfortunately, any woman that stepped into the role of Will’s Trophy Wife would be no trophy, as she would have be to be extremely thirsty, deluded, and dumb, with impossibly low self-esteem, to agree to marry that man. If he divorces and remarries I expect the second wife to be One Hot Mess.

      • Becks1 says:

        I first remember the use of the word “share” to describe Kate and William’s children in one of the articles from last summer about the move to Windsor. Around that same time we also got something like “the duchess of cambridge and her husband, prince william” (which is also weird wording) but I think the two references were in separate articles. Anyway, there was a definite “moving to windsor” article that mentioned how Kate shared children with William and it was…..weird, especially in that context.

      • Nic919 says:

        Wow using “sharing” the kids once again is very shady by the DM.

        And William never looks this joyful when he’s with his wife.

    • HeyJude says:

      You can just say he went to Houghton the home of the future Queen Rose. ; )

  8. MsIam says:

    Yeah I guess all the “Harry and Nacho” and “Harry and Charlie” pics were too much, lol. Little Prince Baldemort was feeling left out. Mike had better not turn his back though , he might find himself run over if William needs a scapegoat. It can be hazardous being William’s “brother”.

  9. ThatsNotOkay says:

    That’s Tom Cruise-level staged bro hugging if I ever saw some. Maybe Willyawn is taking lessons from his new bud, Mr. Cultastic himself. What shoes did he wear to this event. Did they have widdle pwaney-wanies on them?

    • BothSidesNow says:

      @ That’sNotOkay, oh my gawd…..Willyawn!!!! That’s bloody brilliant!!

  10. rawiya says:

    So much for the “Harry and William are facetiming” stories. Wasn’t Mike the one who went on a podcast and threatened to punch Harry or said that the family wanted to beat him up? And now William’s hugging up on him? I wouldn’t hug someone who wanted to do harm to a sibling I was facetiming. *cough*

  11. Flower says:

    So the Rota are now ACTIVELY covering for Bill the way they covered for Chuck…. interesting ….

    This story pretty much indicates that the affair is ongoing and that other RF family members are aware and supportive. The latter is bad news for Kate and adds further context to the Norfolk rival stories and Kate’s request for Rose to be iced out…. looks like paradoxically Kate is the one being iced out.

    Also seems like Anmer will become Bill’s ‘Highgrove’ for shane and all on the tax-payer’s pocket.

    • Maggie says:

      I agree, but it is Burger King. If it was that known and accepted, he would have had the kids with him – to play with her kids ..

    • Wiglet Watcher says:

      The affair is likely dead in the water if it was ever more than casual.

      William has been linked with other women for a lot longer and consistently.
      The tatler article originally stated rose and William had dinners sometimes.
      But when Kate had George and moved In With her parents William took a bespoke very course. He took a private residence for 6 months and barely attended his program. The press did not cover what he did with his free time, but it was speculated heavily he had a women there.

      • L84Tea says:

        I agree. I don’t believe that William and Rose are currently a thing at all. I think they once were, although whether feelings were involved or not, I am unsure. Something tells me it was just a fling they were having–just keeping the status quo of what all the aristos do–sleep around with one another. Do I believe William is involved with somebody else, like a lawyer in London? Yes, I could easily see it. William’s mind and physical location is somewhere these days, but it’s not at home with Kate.

      • Mirage says:

        I do also think that Rose and Will affair is no longer.
        I’m sad about it, it was such great gossip!

      • BothSidesNow says:

        @ Mirage and L84Tea, I agree that their romance is over. Rose was apparently bored and thought to herself, why not.

        As for there being another one in the loop, I agree @ L84Tea. Bullyiam has a side piece in London. He isn’t allowing himself any down time. He doesn’t give one iota about KHate’s feelings, as well have all seen.

      • Julia K says:

        I don’t believe there was an actual affair. A flirtation perhaps, but the bottom line is that Rose may have facilitated William to see other women, using Houghton Hall. She also allegedly helped his staff arrange trips for William and a companion. Kate found out. Boom.

      • Dee Kay says:

        @Julia K: For Rose’s sake I hope you are correct. From the little I have read about Rose Hanbury, she seems to have extraordinary taste, talent, and work ethic. I know photography, art curation/commissioning, gardening, and estate management are rich people work, but not all rich people can do them or have the skill or mind or dedication to do them properly, and Rose does. So I *hate* thinking of her stooping so low as to have a fling with such a tactless, stupid, uncultured boor as William. But if he asked her to facilitate hook-ups, and she agreed out of some kind of class camaraderie/loyalty to her future King, then I like that scenario better.

      • Becks1 says:

        Nah I think there was definitely an affair. William didn’t come out with legal guns blazing bc someone was connecting him with Rose who could then connect him to his affair. The Hench ( a frequent commenter here) said that she knew it lasted for 3 years and ended in 2020, which fits with the timeline as we all know it.

        But even if that’s not accurate, there was an affair at some point between the two.

      • Nic919 says:

        Rose’s brother spilled about the dinners between William and Rose but then that got quickly removed. So I do think there was an affair and it was likely out of convenience and proximity more than anything. Kate foolishly tried to make a power play and got burned.

        I think he’s moved on to this mysterious blonde woman who is suspected to have a Russian background and is linked to that organization in Belize. The mysterious dinners at the London club seem to hint that this is the new woman.

    • PaulaH says:

      We will see pictures of Kate and the kids very soon. This is how Carol keeps William in check by saying I got George, just remember that!

    • PrincessK says:

      William is unlikely to still be having an affair with Rose, far too dangerous.

  12. Pearl_string says:

    It seems an obvious win to bring the kids, pics of them and the Tindall cousins would be all over the tabloids. But I’m thinking W&K are using the kids to bargain with the tabs – no free photos, always something in return. Saving them for the jubilee pics to try and overshadow the Sussexes? It is a shame those kids will never have a normal life, even if they escape later on, we know how important the “Early Years” are :/

  13. ChattyCath says:

    Maybe it was ‘hug a thug day’. What does Mike ‘do’?

  14. Em says:

    Didn’t mile cheat on Zara right after their wedding? I guess cheaters stick together. Pathetic William has no friends outside his aristocratic circle and is reduced to only sticking with family members

    • Wiglet Watcher says:

      He sure did.
      And it is odd William has no real friends. Only a circle of financial and titled status. He holds no connections known to anyone from his RAF days. It was said they didn’t like him or how he treated the work they did.

  15. Lorelei says:

    This looks bad for many reasons, but mostly because isn’t this one event that the Cambridges usually go to together, as a family? I feel like we’ve seen pictures of this from a few years in a row, the Cambridge kids frolicking with the Tindall kids, and one year William carrying one of the children on his shoulders (I guess I noticed that detail because it was so un-William-like).

    There might be some reasonable explanation as to why Kate and the kids weren’t there this year. But you’d think the GOLD STANDARDS would have stepped in — especially since Charles seems to have William on a shorter leash at the moment — and been like, “William, NO. You’re usually photographed at this event with Kate and the kids, we just had to have a story pulled LAST WEEK about you being separated, and to top it all off, this is taking place at Rose’s estate. It’s way too close to the Jubbly to risk a bunch of new speculation and it will upset Gan Gan. Stay home.”

    Not that I think William necessarily would have listened because clearly he does whateverTF he wants, but this is a disaster. It looks like he’s sending a message.

  16. Ceej says:

    That’s nice. They can have a nice laugh about cheating on spouses and the papers covering it given Tindall was photographed at a rugby tournament in NZ/Aus years ago kissing an ex girlfriend at a bar. That was the year England did terribly and got shame sent home for partying instead of practicing… what’s a little brazen cheating but HILARITY between bros!

  17. matthew says:

    that Mike Tindall is also a big idiot

  18. Shawna says:

    They must’ve all been so hungry… No snacks detected.

  19. zebz says:

    He definitely saw Harry and nacho and I think saw the squad saying nacho is his real brother and got upset and jealous. I really doubt he wants to be replaced as Harry’s brother by anybody he is possessive as shit.

    • The Duchess says:

      That family monitor H&M’s every single step and it kills them that they can’t recreate the magic. The fact the Sussex Squad hold this much power over a FFK too… who needs to be rich and famous to influence when you can do it from a screen in your own home.

      • zebz says:

        He thinks he is Diana’s son too (literally he said this) he should’ve inherited some shine also.
        The weird part a lot of the heat comes from the comparison of how he and harry treats there wives. And the next comparison of how their dad treated their mother. He knows that he looks bad doing this to Kate but continues to do this it’s shocking. He must truly hate her. He treats her as if she is nothing at the movie premiere. He doesn’t even look when Tom cruise holds her hand or react. Not even as a man with pride. No possessiveness, just nothing. It’s eerie.

  20. J. Ferber says:

    Mike is a very poor substitute for Nacho. Surprised Mike didn’t punch Will, as he punched out Harry once. Apparently, Will is a CopyKeen too. Huh, you wouldn’t think the heir would be so inferior to the spare. Maybe there’s something wrong with the concept of primogeniture? We know who should be king. They all do.

    • BayTampaBay says:

      I have no problem with Mike Tindall as Baldy’s buddy but I cannot imagine anything that Mike & Horse Teeth the Bald actually have in common. What do you think the talk about?

      • Jais says:

        Sports? How to get away with cheating on your wife?

      • BayTampaBay says:

        Did Mike & Horse Teeth the Bald actually get away with it??? LOL! LOL!

      • Ace says:

        Whatever it is I’m sure it’s filled with a lot of racist and misogynistic “jokes”.

      • BothSidesNow says:

        @ Ace, including how to cheat on your spouse and all of the shenanigans that plays into it. Mike Tindall in NO Nacho, not even on the same planet!!! Nacho is yummy as well as charismatic and my gawd, what a face and body……and his hair.

      • Tessa says:

        I remember how Mike said he’d have been disappointed if the third one was not a boy and he would Try again. NOt so charming.

  21. SAS says:

    Dome bros.

  22. Feeshalori says:

    All these two needed was a participation trophy to heft above their heads.

  23. February Pisces says:

    Has Willie ever hugged Kate like that? I don’t think so.

    • equality says:

      Really. And all the excuses are that Will doesn’t like to be demonstrative in public. Except when it comes to Mike, I guess.

    • Beach Dreams says:

      Eh, closest thing I can think of is at the 2012 Olympics, and that was in celebration for a British victory.

    • Cairidh says:

      There are photos of William with his arms round Zara looking very affectionate. None like that with Kate. Also a lot of photos of William gazing at his friend Tom Van straubenzee adoringly in a way he never looked at Kate.

  24. dido says:

    Lol if the best friend William can find is this violent, cheating ogre… well, that says a lot about Will.

  25. tamsin says:

    I think Kate has attended this event with George, and with George and Charlotte by herself in the past. It appears it is a kid friendly event. It seems to me that William is close to Zara and Peter. It makes sense in that they are the cousins closest in age, and I assumed they played together a lot as kids. I remember William telling a story of how he and Peter nearly chased Zara into a light pole at Balmoral and got a right royal bollocking from his grandmother. Also, I think William and Zara are godparents to each other’s children.

  26. Over it says:

    Kaiser, your top picture of Willy has me on the floor. Lol

  27. K8erade says:

    My spidey senses are telling me Kate is getting kicked to the curb. More pictures of where William finds joy and it’s not with Kate. The fact he’s willing to put himself close to Rose says everything.

  28. India says:

    The Egg is doing the Happy Claw in the first photograph. If he and the Stick had their hands tied behind their backs they would both have a complete breakdown. They would pull their hands loose and immediately go into Claw and Jazz mode at a phrenetic hyper pace.

  29. Athena says:

    It seems every other weekend there are pictures of Will by himself somewhere having fun. He’s definitely letting us know which weekends Kate has the children

  30. J. Ferber says:

    He’s going to humiliate Kate again, right before the Jubbly, by cheating on her with another woman. For all our disdain for Kate, Will is such an offensive, disreputable, horrible man and husband. He has no respect, compassion or love for Kate and the full blame of that is on him, though he wants to throw her under the bus as the cause of all his problems/character flaws. I don’t pity her, because she is a horrible person, too, but the devil’s bargain she made is withering her heart, body and soul.

  31. Tessa says:

    William seeking a close male friend or relative reminds me of the film I Love You Man where Paul Rudd could not find a Best Man for his wedding and needed a BFF and searched for one.

  32. Taram says:

    He also seems to have forgotten to put his wedding ring back on.