Although Prince William and Kate Middleton have not publicly addressed affair rumors, insiders are claiming the couple’s advisors have reached out the Duke of Cambridge’s alleged mistress, Rose Hanbury.

Earlier this year, Kate reportedly began to phase Rose out of her inner circle amid rumors the Marchioness of Cholmondeley and William had an affair. While some of their friends don’t believe Rose would betray Kate, others weren’t so sure.

According to the Daily Mail, Kate and Rose’s friends began to take sides amid the scandal. As a result of the rumors, Royal advisors have told Rose and her husband David Cholmondeley to keep quiet.

“It is not true, all nonsense, but she knows that it is very hard to say anything. She just has to wait until it all blows over. That is what the couple have been advised and that is all she can do,” a friend of the couple revealed.

The gossip surrounding the affair has reportedly put a strain on the couple’s relationship. “It’s been very hard on them. I know it has really upset them. I’ve spoken to David about it. There is absolutely no truth in it and it has been incredibly hard for them,” the insider explained.

“Rose is a brilliant woman and she will get over it, but it has obviously affected her and has made her feel pilloried.”

A spokesperson for the Cholmondeleys previously denied any truth to Rose’s rumored affair with Prince William. “There is no foundation to any of the tabloid articles that have appeared. There is nothing else to say whatsoever,” the rep said in a statement.

As for the couple, friends believe more should be done to protect them from critics. “David and Rose have been real victims in all of this too. They are not public figures and it is very unfair. It has all got completely out of hand,” an insider shared.

Prince William and Kate continue to remain mum about their relationship with Rose and David following affair rumors.

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Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge attend the traditional Easter Sunday church service at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle on April 21, 2019 in Windsor, England. Getty Images/Max Mumby