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Are Prince William and Kate Middleton in "divorce talks"? That's what is being asserted on the cover of one of this week's celebrity magazines. Gossip Cop investigated the claim, and it's untrue.

The Globe begins its latest piece, "Prince William and his jealous wife, Kate, are consulting divorce lawyers after their marriage blew up over scandalous rumors he was having an affair" with a friend named Rose Hanbury. To make its article sound real, the supermarket tabloid alleges a "courtier" shares how Middleton is "humiliated by rumors William was cheating right under her nose, and refuses to be played for a fool." The same unnamed tipster maintains Middleton had a "meltdown" and "confrontation" with Prince William, during which she made "nasty accusations" that he denied, saying there was "nothing" to the rumors tying him to Hanbury.

The magazine then contends it has a second "source" who says in unnatural language, "Kate's heard talk her hubby has carried a torch for Rose for years and told friends she was 'the one that got away.'" As a result, the outlet asserts both the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have "hired lawyers to talk about custody and money." The article then notes how Prince William and Hanbury have been friends for many years and ran in the same social circles, including out in Norfolk, where they both have country estates.

Towards the end of its cover story, a so-called "royal insider" reiterates how Middleton "feels she's being taken for a fool and demanded her 'rural rival' be immediately 'phased out' of their lives." "A $250 million settlement isn't out of the question," adds the highly suspect tipster, who apparently converts British pounds into American dollars when talking to tabloids. The anonymous and seemingly fictitious source concludes in more bizarrely explanatory verbiage, "This is a full-blown divorce crisis for William and Kate that could rock the monarchy even more than when William's father, Charles, divorced Diana."

While all very dramatic, it's untrue. There has been speculation as to why Hanbury and Middleton are no longer as close as they used to be, but it's not because Prince William was unfaithful. Though the royal family generally doesn't comment on tabloid tales, their attorneys made a point recently to shoot down stories about the future king allegedly cheating as "false speculation."

Significantly, no highly respected outlets are claiming Prince William and Middleton are in throes of "divorce talks." Also, the Globe is the same publication that has been repeatedly shown to fabricate a slew of provably fictitious reports about the royals, including tales about (nonexistent) divorces. Recently, Gossip Cop debunked an absurd cover story from the same magazine, which inaccurately declared Queen Elizabeth had ordered Prince Charles to divorce Camilla Parker Bowles.

It's also interesting that the supposed sources didn't refer to the Duke of Cambridge as "king," since it wasn't too long ago the same outlet insisted Prince William seized the throne after accusing Prince Charles of murder. Suffice to say, there have been many other phony reports from that publication which Gossip Cop busted, including Prince William and Middleton allegedly warning Prince Charles and Bowles to stay away from baby Louis, but they too have been lies. The latest article is no more believable.

Our Verdict

Gossip Cop has determined this story is totally false.


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