THE woman caught in an unlikely clash with the Duchess of Cambridge has an eye for social climbing and lives in a palatial home.
Rose Hanbury has had a falling out with Kate that has stunned royal insiders.
The long-time friends had become central to a high-society Norfolk set nicknamed the “Turnip toffs” — of which Rose was “Queen Bee”.
They had previously shared regular playdates with their kids, enjoyed dinner parties with their husbands and attended weddings together.
But The Sun yesterday revealed friends had told how Kate wants 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.”
Today we reveal the startling similarities between Kate, 37, and “rural rival” Rose, 33 – the Marchioness of Cholmondeley. She lives with posh husband David Rocksavage, 58, who inherited a £112million fortune — including Houghton Hall, the home built for the UK’s first PM Sir Robert Walpole.
The property is just 3½miles from Kate and William’s country bolthole — Anmer Hall in Sandringham.
Rose’s family have their own special place in royal history.
Her gran Lady Elizabeth Lambert, an earl’s daughter, was one of the Queen’s bridesmaids at her wedding to Prince Phillip in 1947.
William and David’s backgrounds are similar while Kate and Rose’s lives were at similar points
And like Kate’s mum Carole, 61, Rose’s mother Emma, 60, runs her own business — a high-end fashion label Marosa.
Rose boarded at the elite Stowe school, whose alumni include Prince Harry’s ex Cressida Bonas, before gaining an Open University degree.
She followed her dreams of becoming a model, landing a plum contract with the Storm Agency, which discovered supermodel Kate Moss. A chance meeting on holiday in Tuscany in 2005 saw her grab headlines.
Wearing a pink bikini, she looked bashful as she and sister Marina, 36, posed with the then Prime Minister Tony Blair.
Years later she worked for six months as a researcher for then Shadow Education minister, Tory MP Michael Gove.
An insider said: “Rose was very diligent, took a real interest in the role and had a great aptitude for it but she was to experience morning sickness after failing pregnant with twins.”
Rose had met David, the Marquess of Cholmondeley, on holiday in Italy in 2003.
The couple announced their engagement in June 2009.
The next day, Rose’s mother Emma revealed her daughter was pregnant — and the couple swiftly wed in a low-key ceremony at Chelsea Town Hall. Just weeks later the pair are believed to have met Kate and William for the first time.
A source said: “William and David’s backgrounds are similar while Kate and Rose’s lives were at similar points.”
Friends say they bonded over a love of organic food and talks about parenting
In 2011, Rose and David attended the royal couple’s wedding. The ex-model was widely regarded as “the best dressed there” in a black and white fitted dress and Louboutin heels.
Rose has twin boys, Alexander, Earl of Rocksavage, and Oliver, Lord Cholmondeley, aged nine, as well as a three-year-old daughter Lady Iris.
It was through the children that Kate and Rose are believed to have grown closer — enjoying day trips to the Norfolk coast and playdates at each other’s houses. Prince George, six, attended the Westacre Montessori School — a nursery thought to have been used by Rose when her children were younger.
Rose also became involved in East Anglia’s Children’s Hospital where Kate is a royal patron.
It was at a £6,000-a-head fundraiser for the charity at Rose’s estate that the pair showed just how close they were.
They hugged and kissed on arrival and were seen locked in conversation.
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Friends say they bonded over a love of organic food and talks about parenting.
Such was the closeness between the families that in 2017, Rose even sat next to Prince Harry at his first state banquet at Buckingham Palace.
But it seems unlikely she will be sitting down with his brother and wife any time soon.