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Palace rocked by MORE royal rift rumours as Kate Middleton falls out with long-time best friend

What's going on with Kate?

Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle have been the subject of royal rift rumours since the Duchess of Sussex officially joined ‘The Firm’ in May 2018.

But just as the wives of Windsor seemed to finally put speculation to bed with a warm embrace on Commonwealth Day, the Duchess of Cambridge has become embroiled in another alleged feud.

According to royal insiders, Kate has fallen out with one of her closest long-time confidantes, Rose Hanbury, in spectacular fashion.

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The Marchioness of Cholmondeley, née Rose Hanbury (Credit: Getty Images)

Reports from various British publications including The Sun claim the future Queen has ordered Rose, Marchioness of Cholmondeley, to be “phased out” of her and Prince William‘s inner circle.

While the reason for the souring of friendship remains unclear, media outlets have dubbed Rose the Duchess’ “rural rival”.

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Rose with the Cambridges in 2016 (Credit: Getty Images)

The two women, both part of an elite set of Norfolk aristocrats, are both mothers-of-three and previously enjoyed playdates with their children and dinner parties with their respective spouses.

Rose, 33, is a former Storm Agency model and the wife of 58-year-old David Rocksavage, Marquess of Cholmondeley.

The affluent couple live at Houghton Hall, just three and a half miles from Kate and William’s country residence Anmer Hall on Queen Elizabeth‘s Sandringham estate.

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The two mothers were once close friends (Credit: Getty Images)
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Their husbands have also been pals for years (Credit: Getty Images)

Rose’s family have far reaching history with the Windsor dynasty.

Her grandmother, Lady Elizabeth Lambert, was a childhood playmate of the reigning Monarch and even stood as one of her bridesmaids at her wedding to Prince Phillip in 1947.

At their Devon home yesterday, Rose’s parents Tim and Emma flatly declared they had “no comment” about their daughter’s alleged dispute with the Cambridges.

Daily Mail reached out to the Marquess and Marchioness of Cholmondeley but a member of staff replied: “They are not available today.”

Asked if the couple knew about the allegations, the employee answered: “We are fully aware.”

One source told The Sun: “It is well known that Kate and Rose have had a terrible falling out. They used to be close but that is not the case anymore.”

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