Things You Didn’t Know About Rose Hanbury

By Nick Hadji 12 months ago

1. She Was A Model

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There's no doubt Rose has stunning good looks, so it might not be a surprise to learn that she actually used to be a model. She was discovered at the age of 23, and was a model for a few successful years, where she starred in campaigns for Miu Miu, Poplin London and Love Magazine.Original content sourced from Femanin.com

2. She Lives Down The Street From William And Kate

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It's bad enough to have your rumored mistress run in the same social circles as you, but to live right down the street? Bit awkward. Rose and her husband David actually live in a royal house just a few miles away from William and Kate's home, Anmer Hall, which was given to them as a wedding gift.

3. There's A 23-Year Age Gap Between Her And Her Husband

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Her husband is David Rocksavage, also known as David Cholmondeley, the 7th Marquess of Cholmondeley. At the time of their meeting, their dating and indeed their marriage, David was 23 years older than Rose. But these days, we're used to huge age gaps with celebs!

4. She Became A Royal At 25 Years Old

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Only a few years after she'd begun her modelling career, Rose was giving it up to become a royal. She married David at 25 years old, when she'd first met him at only 19 years old. They hadn't started dating straight away, though, and started dating when she was 22.

5. Her Grandmother Was Childhood Friends With Queen Elizabeth II

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Rose's grandmother, and her own namesake, Lady Rose Lambert was actually a bridesmaid for Queen Elizabeth's wedding to Prince Philip, and that's because Elizabeth II and Lady Rose were actually childhood friends, despite Lambert not being an 'immediate' royal.

6. Her Modelling Agency Was The Same That Represented Kate Moss

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During her successful modelling years, the agency which represented Rose Hanbury was actually the same that represented famous British model Kate Moss. The agency is called Storm Agency, based in an affluent area of London and operating for over thirty years.

7. She Has Three Children

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Rose and David share three children together, and their first two were actually twins. And the three children of course have very swanky names indeed: Earl of Rocksavage Alexander Hugh George and Lord Oliver Timothy George, twin boys, and Lady Iris Marina Aline.

8. And There Was Drama Over Who Would Be The Heir...

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Usually, with royals, it's the boys that are looked to for an heir - and as the saying goes, it's 'the heir and the spare' (that's what Prince Harry's questionable book is all about). So with giving birth to twin boys first, it caused some drama when they were born at the same time, with no indication who was technically the eldest!

9. She Has More Than One Connection To The Royal Family

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We mentioned that her grandmother was childhood friends with Queen Elizabeth II, and bridesmaid at her wedding, and usually less than that is enough to have some vague connection to the royal family. But Rose had twice the good luck because she became friends with Kate Middleton, too.

10. Her Home Is Huge

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As with any royal residence, it's quite something to behold. And the residence that Rose calls home, with husband David, is Houghton Hall in Norfolk, England, which was first built in the 1700s. The property is also open to the public for tours at certain times of the year.

11. She's Part Of The 'Turnip Toffs'

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The British tabloid media is known for its very disparaging remarks about royals - or about anyone, really - and the name 'Turnip Toffs' is a derogatory name given to a group of royals that run in the same social circles, namely Rose and Kate among others. The name seems to be a way of reference their 'higher class' nature based in that particular rural location of England, so you know... turnip.

12. She And Kate Are Patrons Of The Same Charity

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Rose Hanbury also works extensively with charities, and she's actually the patron of one - the same charity that her supposed 'rival' Kate Middleton is patron of, too! It's the East Anglia's Children's Hospital (EACH), but she also works with a lot of other organizations.

13. She Went To A Very Prestigious School

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Most royals, or at least people born 'down that way' in England, will attend very well-to-do schools (if they have the money for it). Rose attended Stowe School, and - while a very prestigious school - it's actually a public school, and not a private one, which is usually the kind many royals attend.

14. She's A Pisces

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For those of you who are into astrology, it may interest you to know that Rose Hanbury is in fact a Pisces! She was born on March 15, 1984. What are Pisces known for? Well, their personality types are usually quite inquisitive, creative and intelligent - so no surprise about that prestigious education, then!

15. Rose Isn't Actually Her First Name

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The thing with royal names is that half the time they're chosen because of what would sound more 'royal' or their middle names become their first names. This was the case with Rose Hanbury, who is actually called Sarah Rose Hanbury. We already had famous royal Sarah Ferguson, so maybe they didn't want two Sarahs?

16. She's A Couple Of Years Younger Than Kate

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Although Rose has been made to sound very young when all this royal to-do started - when she gave up a modelling career and met her royal husband, David - she's not much older than Kate Middleton. Rose is 39 years old, while Kate Middleton is 41 years old.

17. She Actually Studied With The Open University

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The Open University in England is a form of higher education distance learning, where you can earn a degree outside of a traditional classroom, at any age. Rose opted for this method instead of attending one of the 'prestigious' schools like Cambridge or Oxford.

18. She Worked In Politics

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It's guessed that she studied for a degree in Politics with the Open University, because she later went on to become a political researcher. She worked for a conservative MP named Michael Grove, before she ended up leaving her job when having her first two children (twins).

19. It Was Really Bad Morning Sickness That Made Her Leave

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Rather than thinking she'd left her job to concentrate on being a full-time mom after her kids were born, the reason Rose had to quit her job in politics was because she was having severe morning sickness. The fact that she was pregnant with twins at the time makes sense why it would have made her feel twice as sick!

20. Her Official Title Is The Marchioness Of Cholmondeley

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For people outside of the UK, royal titles can become very confusing - and even for people within the UK, truth be told. Rose's official title is Marchioness of Cholmondeley. Cholmondeley is a village in England, and Marchioness is the wife's title of a Marquess, which is a high-ranking nobleman.

21. She's Been Married To David For 14 Years - Happily

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That's what it looked like from the outside, anyway! Their marriage has lasted a long time and it seemed they were still very much in love - until these mistress rumors began, that is... we wonder what David has to say about all this with William and Kate? Makes for interesting royal dinner conversation.

22. Her Love Life Was A Whirlwind Over Three Days

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Usually with happy news like pregnancy, engagements and marriage there's years in the planning - and that's true of royals and everyday folk alike. But with Rose and David, it really was a whirlwind. In June 2009, they announced they were engaged, the next day, they announced they were pregnant, and the day after that they were married!

23. She's Also Worked In Interior Design

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This is obviously a woman with many talents! Politics, modelling and now interior design. Her talent for design was revealed when she collaborated with a design company named Cabana, working with its founder to create a collection inspired by her historic house, Houghton Hall.

24. She And Kate Considered Legal Action Against 'Rumors'

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It was several years ago when rumors about Kate and Rose first started - before the recent 'mistress' rumors - and that it was about the pair of them having a falling out. They considered legal action against the tabloids, but in the end decided it was better to just 'ignore' it!

25. Rose Has Been Seen In Public With William And Kate Since The Rumors Began

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Since the most recent rumors began about Rose being Prince William's mistress, Rose has actually been seen in public for a few royal engagements with William and Kate. Whether this was by their invitation or not isn't clear because two of the engagements included Prince Philip's Memorial and Queen Elizabeth's Funeral, which would see many royals in attendance anyway.

26. Her Son Will Become Heir Based On Weight

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Most women these days will tell you what it's like to be judged on your weight, but imagine having your weight determine whether or not you're going to become a royal heir one day? Because the twin boys were born at the same time, it was decided that the boy who weighed more at birth would become the heir.

27. It Was Believed Kate 'Iced Out' Rose

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Friendships come and go, and that's still true if you're a member of the royal family. But the whole 'fallout' between Kate and Rose becomes more curious because of the recent mistress rumors. It was believed that Kate and Rose were once very close friends but that Kate then gradually 'iced out' Rose.

28. It Gets A Bit Messy With Her Sister And Relationships

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So Rose isn't the only one with a preference for older men - Rose has a sister, who is also married to a man very much her senior: 20 years her senior, in fact. But it gets stranger. Rose apparently once dated the son of the man who her sister is now married to. Yep.

29. Her Husband Isn't Technically 'Rich'

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When you think of any royal at all, you're going to automatically think 'rich'. They must be, right? Well even though Rose and her husband have that huge estate, David isn't technically making it rain with cash. He inherited a lot of money but, according to him, it's tied up in trusts, land and artwork - so it's not like it's just sitting in his wallet.

30. Her Son Is Going To Have An Important Role In The King's Coronation

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The coronation of King Charles III is coming up this month, following the tragic death of his mother, Queen Elizabeth II. And Rose Hanbury has a very important link to this - her son, Oliver, is going to be a page for the coronation. The page boys are usually in charge of things like helping with the robes.

31. Her Appearance At Queen Elizabeth II's Funeral Raised Eyebrows

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The death of Queen Elizabeth II was a tragedy for the nation, and while you may not think one woman in a sea of royals coming to pay her respects would be any sort of drama, apparently it raised a lot of eyebrows that she was in attendance after rumors had already started...

32. William Apparently Tried To Be 'Peacemaker' Between Rose And Kate

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Back when Kate and Rose allegedly had their first fallout where Kate was trying to 'phase' Rose out, apparently doting husband William tried his best to play peacemaker between the two of them in order to avoid any drama - or maybe even avoid hitting headlines even more...

33. But He Was Unsuccessful!

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Needless to say, Prince William was unsuccessful! As apparently Kate and Rose still had their 'falling out' and distanced themselves from each other. William's main incentive was the fact they all shared the same friends, too, so presumably he didn't want to disturb their joint friendships!

34. A British Socialite Tweeted 'Confirming' The Affair

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Giles Coren is a British food critic and British socialite who decided to add fuel to the fire by not only Tweeting about the alleged cheating scandal, but also 'confirming' it! He Tweeted: "Yes. it is an affair. i haven't read thee piece but i know about the affair. everyone knows about the affair..."

35. But The Accusations Have Also Been Denied By Many Royal Experts

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Whether the Tweet was genuine or not (that grammar and spelling says otherwise), or whether Giles Coren was just trying to cause trouble for no reason, 'royal experts' soon weighed in on the situation and denied the accusations for many years. Giles also deleted the Tweet soon after.

36. Did The Rumors Make William And Kate 'Stronger Than Ever'?

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Of course, rumors like this can either make or break a couple - and with being in the public spotlight and being royals, you might think it could easily have broken them down. But apparently the rumors only strengthened William and Kate's marriage and they were 'stronger than ever'.

37. Rose Married David In Chelsea Town Hall

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We know how lavish and expensive a royal wedding can get, so where exactly did Rose's take place? Well, she married David at Chelsea Town Hall, which is a swanky wedding venue actually available to the public, too. Chelsea is an affluent area of London, England.

38. It Was Their Charity Work That Brought Rose And Kate Closer

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So what was it that made Kate and Rose close friends in the first place, before all these rumors and *that* fallout began? Well it was apparently their charity work that brought them together and firmed a solid friendship, which makes sense seeing as their patrons of the same charity.

39. She Has A Personal Instagram Account

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For somebody who doesn't want to get involved in rumors or gossip, having an active Instagram account might not be the best idea. Rose does have a personal Instagram account she updates, but she has had her fair share of 'trolling' comments on posts, particularly being called a 'snake'.

40. And She Also Made One For Her Fancy Home!

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And what do you do when you have a beautiful stately home as a royal? You make a separate Instagram account for your house, of course! Rose has also created (and also runs) and Instagram account for Houghton Hall where she lives - though she does post pictures of herself on there, too.

41. Despite Rumors, Both Women Are Still Married

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When the rumors began a few years ago back in 2019, it shocked a lot of people. But the fact remains that both Kate Middleton and Rose Hanbury are not only still married to their husbands, William and David, but they also seem to be very happily married at that!

42. It's Not 'Royal Protocol' To Comment On Rumors

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One thing that might have officially helped this situation was a public statement from Kate and Rose together - or maybe even from Prince William - to publicly state that the rumors were untrue. But the issue with that pesky royal protocol is that it's not the 'done' thing to make statements like this.

43. True Or Not, The Rumors Had An Impact

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Without a public dismissal or statement, everyone was forced to just ignore the rumors and get on with their lives. But that doesn't mean the rumors didn't affect Prince William and Kate Middleton behind the scenes. It's still not a great thing to hear that your husband might be cheating, even when he's not.

44. Kate's Thoughts Were For Her Children

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And of course, it's not just Prince William and Kate that are affected by these cheating scandal rumors. The pair share three children, one of whom will one day gain the throne, and apparently a family friend of the Middleton's said Kate hated the idea of her children one day reading about this happening.

45. And They Were Forced To Re-Evaluate Their Relationship

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And something like this probably does make you re-evaluate your relationship, even when nothing has actually happened. Maybe the pair decided to put more focus on each other, spend more time together or better protect themselves and their children from this happening again!

46. But There's Now A Claim Rose *Is* Getting Divorced

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But the rumors about what's going on get worse (and more confusing) because despite David and Rose still being happily married - or seeming happy - some rumors suggest they're actually getting a divorce, or separating, due to *another* rumor about their child...

47. Some Further Rumors Claim Rose's Child Is Actually William's

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It's been claimed that Rose's daughter is actually the daughter of Prince William, and not her husband David. The rumors only get stronger because of Rose having her twin boys with David and her daughter being born a different time. This is all speculation, obviously.

48. Rose Was Actually Labelled 'The Best Dressed' Guest At William And Kate's Wedding!

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Not only was Rose Hanbury a guest of Prince William and Kate Middleton's royal wedding - well, she was a friend after all - but she was also voted the best dressed guest! This probably comes as no surprise seeing as Rose used to be a model and clearly knows her fashion.

49. She Has Connections To The Very First Prime Minister

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The man in history considered to be the very first Prime Minister of Great Britain was Sir Robert Walpole. Robert Walpole is an ancestor of Rose's husband, David, and the home they live in - Houghton Hall - was actually once the home of Robert Walpole himself.

50. She's Been Friends With William And Kate For Over A Decade

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So how far does this trio's friendship go back? They aren't only recent friends who met at some royal event - their friendship actually spans a decade, several years before rumors began of Rose and William's alleged affair. So that's a firm foundation for a friendship that started to crumble!