If you've been following the latest royal gossip, then you're probably aware that there's something unusual about the most recent round of rumors out of Kensington Palace.
It all started with reports of a feud between Kate Middleton and Rose Hanbury, the Marchioness of Cholmondeley and formerly one of Kate's closest friends.
This developed into a rumor that Prince William had been caught having an affair with Hanbury while Kate was pregnant with her third child.
It sounded too outrageous to be true, but remarkably, William's behavior in the week since the scandal broke has only served to bolster claims that he's in damage control mode after being caught red-handed.
Here's a brief rundown of everything we know about the situation thus far:
Until recently, Will and Kate were close friends with Hanbury and her much-older husband, David Rocksavage, Marquess of Cholmondeley. (Because the Brits enjoy irritating the rest of the world, that word is pronounced "Chumley.")
The Falling Out in Norfolk
Until recently, Cholmondeleys were major figures in the society life of rural Norfolk, England. That changed when Rose suffered a mysterious falling out with Kate that left her persona non grata.
Will's Wandering Eye
The Cambridges seemed very eager to keep this feud quiet, which led to whispers that Will had been caught having an affair with Rose while Kate was pregnant with her third child.
The alleged affair has apparently been the subject of high society gossip for the better part of a year, but fear of the future king among the British tabloid press is such that the media only began reporting on it in March.
It was then that the Sun reported on bad blood between Kate and Rose, a former member of Middleton's "Turnip Toffs" clique in Norfolk.
“It is well known that Kate and Rose have had a terrible falling out," a source told the tabloid. "They used to be close but that is not the case anymore.”