Kate Middleton’s ex best friend Rose Hanbury spotted without wedding ring months after being ‘phased out’ of royal circle


KATE Middleton’s “rural rival” Rose Hanbury attended the State Banquet with the royals and President Trump last week – but was pictured without a wedding ring.

The Norfolk-based former model, 35, is said to have “fallen out” with best friend Kate earlier this year and the royal is said to have been “phasing her out” of her social circle.

Kate Middleton’s alleged ‘royal rival’ Rose Hanbury was pictured at the State Banquet last Monday without a wedding ring

Despite any rumours of a rift, Rose attended the lavish Buckingham Palace event last Monday, but was photographed without her ring.

Rose is on the gues tlist for State Banquets with her Eton-educated husband David Rocksavage, 58, who is the 7th Marquess of Cholmondeley and Lord Great Chamberlain.

The couple have been married since 2009 and have three kids together; twin boys Alexander, Earl of Rocksavage and Oliver, Lord Cholmondeley, and a daughter Lady Iris.

Rose, who has the title of Marchioness of Cholmondeley, wore a stunning white gown with a plunging neckline and her hair tied back in a stylish up-do, as she accompanied her husband to the event.

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Rose Hanbury is married to David Rocksavage, who inherited a £112million fortune[/caption]

Kate is said to have wanted to ‘phase out’ her country friend Rose after an alleged falling out

She has been known to wear her ring to events in the past, and was pictured at a Serpentine Gallery summer party in 2015 with it on view.

Kate, 37, sat metres away at the glitzy state banquet in a white Alexander McQueen dress and the Lover’s Knot tiara.

The Sun revealed in March how friends had told how Kate wanted Rose “phased out” as one of her and Prince William’s closest confidantes — despite her husband’s attempts to repair a rift between them.

A source said: “They should be really close but things are tense between them. No one understands quite how things have come to this.

“Over the years, Rose and Kate’s lives have been entwined in many ways.”

Rose, circled left, and Kate, right, were captured metres away at the State Banquet
Rose has worn her wedding ring to numerous social events in the past
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Prince William was reported to have even stepped in to try to broker peace because he and Kate have enjoyed double dates with Rose and David— who at 58 is 23 years his wife’s senior — as the royal heir gets on with him.

However, royal insiders say Kate has refused, and one source revealed: “It is well known that Kate and Rose have had a terrible falling out. They used to be close but that is not the case anymore.”

David’s role requires him to play a major part in grand royal events, such as dressing the monarch on coronation day, investing the monarch with the insignia of rule and serve the monarch water before and after the coronation banquet.

Long-time friends Rose and Kate had become central to a high-society Norfolk set nicknamed the “Turnip toffs” — of which Rose was “Queen Bee”.

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Kate and Rose previously bonded over a love of organic food and talked about parenting[/caption]

Rose and David live just three miles away from Kate and Prince William’s home, Anmer Hall, and the four had previously enjoyed dinner parties and attended weddings together.

And Rose’s twin boys Alexander, Earl of Rocksavage and Oliver, Lord Cholmondeley, and daughter Lady Iris have been playmates of Prince George.

They attended the royal couple’s wedding eight years ago — where Rose was hailed as the best dressed guest.

And in 2016, Kate and Wills were star attendees at a black tie gala event hosted at Houghton Hall, another illustration of their closeness.

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Rose and her husband David have enjoyed many dinner parties with Kate and Wills[/caption]

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Rose is a former model for the agency Storm, which discovered Kate Moss[/caption]

Rose is a former model for the agency Storm, which discovered Kate Moss, and also had a brief stint as a political researcher for the Conservative MP Michael Gove.

Her paternal grandmother Lady Rose Lambert was a bridesmaid at the Queen’s wedding to Prince Philip in 1947.

And Rose stole the show at Prince Harry’s first ever State Banquet in July 2017 when she sat next to the royal wearing an extravagant tiara.

Her husband David inherited an estimated £112million estate 27 years ago, which included Cholmondeley Castle in Cheshire.

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