"Oh my God, I had to ask if they [the rumors] were true. William was furious when the question came up and vehemently said it was not true," former Head of Communications for Kensington Palace, Christian Jones, told Scobie.
"In addition to being false and highly damaging, the publication of false speculation in respect of our client’s private life also constitutes a breach of his privacy pursuant to Article 8 of the European Convention to Human Writes," the royal family's lawyers, Harbottle & Lewis, said in a 2019 statement to the press.
Some claim that Kate, the then-Duchess of Cambridge, had suspected for quite a while that something might be afoot between her husband and Rose, who's part of Kate's close-knit community of wealthy landowners known as the "Turnip Toffs."
"When they had dinner parties, apparently Kate noticed some flirting," said an insider. "It's not that surprising — William's easy on the eyes." And so is Rose. Wife of David Cholmondeley, 7th Marquess of Cholmondeley that statuesque 39-year-old former model (she was once represented by Storm Models, the same agency that handled Kate Moss) turns heads with her lean figure and wavy dark hair. "William wouldn't be human if he didn't notice her," said the insider.
"He's accustomed to having women throw themselves at him due to his wealth, title and status, and he ignores it. But with Rose, it seems to be different," the source continued.
The supposed affair became a media sensation in the spring of 2019 before the monarchy threatened legal action, but Scobie's book goes a step further to suggest that the palace used others to throw cold water on the story.
According to Endgame, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were thrown to the wolves, and "there was an uptick in negative or revealing stories" coming out about the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. Not everyone is buying what the tome is selling.
The book is already starting to garner criticism from those close to and in support of the British monarchy when compared to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
"It's one thing writing a critique of the royal family. That's freedom of expression. But it's another thing to peddle conspiracy theories dressed up as fact. The suggestion that [royal aides] were briefing negative stories [about Harry and Meghan] is totally fabricated. It just didn't happen," a friend of the Prince of Wales told an outlet.
They continued: "The truth is that everyone was walking on eggshells practically from the engagement trying to keep them happy."
She Knows reported on excerpts from Endgame.