Prince William: Having an Affair With Kate Middleton's Rival?!

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At some point during the last two years, the British Royal Family went from a stuffy outmoded institution to the world's most entertaining reality soap opera.

It may have started with the feud between Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle, but these days, the drama has reached absurd new heights.

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The latest concerns a friend-turned-enemy named Rose Hanbury, Hanbury's much older husband, David Rocksavage, and a loose-knit organization of vicious society dames known as the "Turnip Toffs."

(We told you this sh-t is entertaining.)

Earlier this week, we learned that Kate and Rose are no longer friends, having endured some sort of falling out that's made things unbearably awkward for the other ladies of Norfolk, England's aristocracy (the aforementioned Turnip Toffs).

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As the Marchioness of Cholmondeley (which is apparently a real thing), Rose is something of a big shot in that circle, but her clout hasn't stopped Kate from lobbying her Norfolk friends in an effort to have Hanbury banished from high society.

The feud came as a shock to the Duchess Kate's inner circle, as for a long time, Rose and her fifty-something husband David were Will and Kate's favorite double date partners.

So the two couples used to hang out all the time, and now Kate is suddenly royally pissed at Rose.

We probably don't need to tell you where this is going.

Rose Hanbury

Will was so upset about the Kate vs. Rose feud gossip that he turned to society columnist Richard Kay in hopes of quelling the rumors.

"William was determined to act as extraordinary rumours engulfed his family, threatening to disrupt their domestic tranquillity," Kay wrote in a piece that appears to have been commissioned by Will.

"I am told the rumours of a falling out between these two attractive young women are false," he continued.

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“I understand both men are baffled by the rumours and insist there is no rift between them or their wives."

Unfortunately for Will and Kay, the public isn't quite as gullible as they thought.

The denial story backfired, as many wondered why Will would go to such great lengths to suppress a tabloid rumor.

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This led to reports of an affair between Will and Rose -- reports that were later corroborated by a sassy British media personality and food critic named Giles Coren.

"Yes. It is an affair," Coren tweeted this week in response to a question from a fan about Will and Rose.

"I haven't read the piece but I know about the affair. Everyone knows about the affair, darling.

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"Even us Jews. (Although admittedly I'm quite a posh Jew -- if such a thing exists.)"

We're not sure why it suddenly got racial like that but maybe edginess is part of Coren's brand or something.

Whatever the case, now that the rumor has been corroborated by someone who's actually acquainted with the principal players, you can bet it won't be going anywhere.

Which is much to Kate's chagrin, we're sure.

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Kate Middleton Biography

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Kate Middleton