It’s 7:00, Saturday morning. A phone buzzes on a nightstand. Prince Harry rolls over, picks up his phone, and reads the following text from his brother:
“Hi mate. I know you think I’m a bit of a wanker right now (the feeling is mutual, you ginger knob!), but but would you mind if I came over and hid out at your place for a while? I’d just…rather not be at my house when Kate reads the news this morning.”
That’s the fantasy I’ve cobbled together in my head, and I’m sure it’s no where near the truth. But at the very least, I’m still picturing some awkward slinking around the palace over the weekend. Because The Daily Mail reports that Rose Hanbury, Duchess Kate’s possibly-estranged best friend and Prince William’s alleged other woman, has been seen without her wedding ring on.
Rose Hanbury, aka The Marchioness of Cholmondeley, has been married to David Rocksavage, aka The Marquess of Cholmondeley, since 2009. The Daily Mail and The Sun points out that she’s often seen wearing her wedding band, but hasn’t had it on lately.
Kate Middleton's ex best friend Rose Hanbury spotted without wedding ring months after being 'phased out' of royal circle https://t.co/AXQAvT8fBE
— The Sun (@TheSun) June 9, 2019
When Rose showed up at The Queen’s state banquet for Donald Trump last week, she wasn’t wearing her ring. Rose also wasn’t sitting with her husband during dinner. There were two long tables set up that evening, with David at one, and Rose at the other. David was sat with his back to Rose, and at the same table as Duchess Kate. Rose was also accompanied into the dinner by Sarah Vine, gossip columnist for The Daily Mail. The Daily Mail is who is reporting this business with the missing wedding ring.
There’s been no official statement about any possible break-up, so for now it’s all just wild speculation about the whereabouts of that ring. If you ask Duchess Kate, she might ask who you’re talking about, then she’ll ask “Who?” again, and then finally you’ll get that she’s trying to send you (and Rose) a message. And if you ask Prince William, he might shout “Well it’s not bloody well with me, and if you ask again, I’m calling granny’s lawyers!“.
But it does seem a bit deliberate to forget your ring during a public event, especially when you’re smack-dab in the middle of a scandal about allegedly getting busy with your best friend’s husband. Is this the rich aristocratic version of a t-shirt that reads, “I just untied the knot, buy me a shot“?