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A story about Prince William and Kate Middleton having "secret marriage counseling sessions" was seemingly made up. Gossip Cop can reveal this specious report about the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge is just fake news.

According to RadarOnline, "Prince William is still struggling to get out of the doghouse with his wife Kate after his flirty ski vacation with party pals." But that's a completely untrue premise. As Gossip Cop reported back in March, the site falsely claimed Prince William was in a cheating scandal after he had lunch with model Sophie Taylor while on vacation. But there was nothing "flirty" about it.

The two were simply part of a group that dined together. The webloid sensationalized the encounter anyway, portraying it as if Prince William betrayed his wife, even though Middleton was off celebrating her sister's bachelorette party at the time, not abandoned. But it's with that spin that the site, now two months later, is claiming Prince William is trying to "save his marriage" after his behavior supposedly put their relationship in jeopardy.

"Of course it was all downplayed, but Kate was horrified and since then Wills has been nothing short of a slave trying to make amends," a so-called "insider" alleges to the outlet. The publication's purported source further contends the couple's joint appearances are "publicity stunts," "deflections of the truth," and "gestures to repair the damage." This snitch maintains, "Kate's really struggling to forgive him."

But Middleton doesn't actually have anything to "forgive." While her husband was on a trip with pals, so was she. Prince William didn't do anything wrong by having a group lunch that happened to include a member of the opposite sex. It's outlets like RadarOnline that are wrong for turning the innocent gathering into something scandalous. And since there was never any actual issues between the couple over Prince William's ski trip, it makes no sense that they would now be in marriage counseling and fighting to save their marriage because of it.

In other words, if the initial claim is untrue, then the follow-up claim building upon it is obviously untrue as well. It's not out of the realm of possibility that the Duke and Duchess attend couple's therapy, as many spouses (royal or not) do. But these claims tying any counseling to non-existent ski vacation drama are just made up. The site was either duped by its "insider," or, more likely, is again manufacturing fake news all on its own.

What's particularly laughable, though, is that the webloid wants readers to believe someone legitimately close to the royal family is talking to RadarOnline, of all places. This is the same site that, more than a year ago, claimed Middleton was cradling a baby bump while on a trip to India. Gossip Cop rightly busted the erroneous allegation at the time. But if the outlet truly had royal sources of its own, the publication never would've run that inaccurate story in the first place.

Our Verdict

Gossip Cop believes there to be elements of truth, but the story is ultimately misleading.


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