While the world's media focused on the glittering state banquet for President Trump at Buckingham Palace, little went unnoticed.

Former model Rose Hanbury was among the most glamorous of the 170 guests and wore a beautiful floor-length satin gown over perfectly shaped shoulders.

But it was the third finger of her left hand that caught the attention of the marquise of Cholmondeley's worried friends – and the glaring absence of a wedding ring, as The Mail pointed out last Sunday.

Those close to Rose wondered if the 35-year-old, who is currently at the center of rumors of a conflict with the Duchess of Cambridge, would make a "statement."

As they were: Kate and William with the Marchioness of Cholmondeley at Houghton Hall in 2016 for a charitable dinner for a local hospice

As they were: Kate and William with the Marchioness of Cholmondeley at Houghton Hall in 2016 for a charitable dinner for a local hospice

If so, she could hardly have picked a more public arena, and the incident has exacerbated the concerns of the mother of three children and fueled the rumor mill again.

At the lavish banquet for Mr. Trump, she and Kate sat on opposite sides of the ballroom of the Palace.

The two women, once close friends, are said to have become increasingly alienated in recent months, and there were continuing rumors of Roses friendship with Prince William and Kate, who dismiss royal sources as "unfounded rumors."

Roses confidantes describe her as "lonely" and increasingly isolated because those she and Kate know feel torn.

In March, it was reported that the Duchess had begun to withdraw Rose from her circle of confidants among the landed Norfolk sets called "Turnip Toffs".

And the problem is so troubling in royal circles that royal advisers are helping Marquess and Marchioness deal with the media and advising them not to say anything the Mail understands on Sunday.

Breathtaking: Rose Hanbury at the Palace's last banquet, without her ring, wears a beautiful floor-length satin gown draped over perfectly shaped shoulders

Breathtaking: Rose Hanbury at the Palace's last banquet, without her ring, wears a beautiful floor-length satin gown draped over perfectly shaped shoulders

Only the frequent absence of her husband, the fabulous filmmaker Marquess of Cholmondeley (pronounced Chumley), David Rocksavage (58), once described as "the biggest catch in England," adds to Roses suffering.

He is said to spend more and more time with his own friends in Paris – including a controversial convicted criminal named Francois-Marie Banier – while leaving Rose alone to enjoy her magnificent country estate, the 106-room Houghton Hall with its 1,000 acres, to manage property on the border with Sandringham.

& # 39; People worry about them. The most loyal friends stay with her, but not others, "a source said.

& # 39; It has caused their great distress to have suddenly become the topic of conversation of all in the area.

& # 39; She is very aware of what is being said, and she's been trying to put a brave face on it.

In addition, she has a husband who is more away than present. It was a lonely time. & # 39;

When the reports of the rip were released, Rose was attacked on the official Instagram account for Houghton Hall.

Far from each other: The Duchess and the Marquiseur stand at the banquet for Donald Trump on opposite sides of the room

Far from each other: The Duchess and the Marquiseur stand at the banquet for Donald Trump on opposite sides of the room

Photos of Rose were added to malicious messages by trolls, which have since been removed.

In recent years, the Rocksavages have frequently been guests of the Cambridge at their Norfolk-home Notes Hall, less than five kilometers from Houghton, as well as guests of Royal Wedding 2011.

Both had a constant invitation to attend Kate's birthday weekend parties in Sandringham in January, which usually included a Saturday shoot, followed by an evening party and a Sunday morning service at St. Mary Magdalene Church with the Queen.

Only Kate's closest friends are invited to these meetings with her family. Other guests included Sophie Carter, a scion of a Norfolk family and godmother of Princess Charlotte.

Wilhelm's old buddy James Meade (godfather of Charlotte) and his wife Laura (godmother of Louis) are also usually there. Thomas van Straubenzee, another godfather of Charlotte, also participated.

On Kate's 35th birthday in 2017, Rose and David were chatting with the Middleton parents. According to royal observers, Rose was nowhere to be seen at the event this year.

Kate and William were also absent from the Houghton International horse testing last month that Zara Tindall took part in, although Kate was pictured there last year with George and Charlotte.

Only the frequent absence of her husband, the fabulous filmmaker Marquess of Cholmondeley (pronounced Chumley), David Rocksavage (58), once described as "the biggest catch in England," adds to Roses suffering.

Only the frequent absence of her husband, the fabulous filmmaker Marquess of Cholmondeley (pronounced Chumley), David Rocksavage (58), once described as "the biggest catch in England," adds to Roses suffering.

In the meantime, it was reported that Roses younger brother David was being questioned by friends about the rumors surrounding his sister and telling friends in the club of his private members in Mayfair that Rose had been notified of the rumors.

Speculation, however, was fueled only by the extended absence of Roses husband David from Norfolk in favor of his old residence in Paris.

Now The Mail can show on Sunday that the Marquess relies on his close friend Banier (71) to get support. The couple has been around for over 30 years and run two successful companies in France.

"They are a professional couple and also the best male friends," said a source that has worked with their Paris real estate De Brouzet. David lives in Francois-Marie's beautiful townhouse in Paris or on his estate in the south of France, where they run another business that deals with agricultural products.

"They are always there for each other in difficult times, and François-Marie knows that David needs him now."

Banier got to know the Marquess for the first time in Parisian society in the early 1980s and they immediately became friends.

"They even started buying real estate together," the source said. Your first was a nice apartment on the left bank.

"As a result, they built a real estate empire together, and that's the foundation for their estate management company."

De Brouzet is just around the corner from Banier's Palace, opposite the Jardin du Luxembourg, full of valuable works by artists such as Picasso and Matisse.

The Marquess of Cholmondeley is said to spend more and more time with his own friends in Paris - including a controversial convicted criminal named Francois-Marie Banier (pictured with Naomi Campbell and Kate Moss)

The Marquess of Cholmondeley is said to spend more and more time with his own friends in Paris – including a controversial convicted criminal named Francois-Marie Banier (pictured with Naomi Campbell and Kate Moss)

After the Marquess Rose got married, the couple cultivated his friendship, and Banier became godfather to the nine-year-old twin sons of the Cholmondeleys.

The Marquess continued to remain in Paris for long weekends and other breaks, even as Banier's home was raided by fraud investigators as part of a money laundering investigation.

All this depended on Banier's well-respected friendship with the late Liliane Bettencourt, the heir to L'Oréal and France's richest wife.

As Madame Bettencourt neared the end of her life, she made Banier the main benefactor of her will and kept giving him gifts.

In addition to art treasures, Banier had £ 200 million in life insurance in 2003 and another in 2006 that was even more valuable.

Many of the Picassos, Matisses and Légers, who still line the walls of Banier's Parisian home, came from Bettencourt.

For Banier, life became very complicated at the end of 2007, when Francoise Bettencourt Meyers, daughter of Madame Bettencourt, filed a lawsuit and charged Banier with the "abuse of weakness".

In summary, the claim was that Banier had targeted Madame Bettencourt for her money.

Not only did a financial investigation lead to huge problems for Banier, but it also contributed to the claim that Madame Bettencourt herself was corrupt and would pay politicians for tax deductions on the L & # 39; Orel billion.

There followed years of civil and criminal disputes in which Madame Bettencourt escaped prosecution for her age and claimed to suffer from dementia.

She died at the age of 94 in September 2017 and is still worth over £ 30 billion. In the meantime, Banier was convicted of abuse and sentenced to three years in prison in May 2015, with six months suspended.

A fine of around £ 200,000 was imposed and he was to repay £ 12 million to the Bettencourt family.

The sentence was suspended for four years in August 2016 and punished with a fine of £ 300,000. You do not think he ever spent time in jail.

The Paris real estate source said: "David has been very supportive of Francois-Marie throughout this time. He was always there for him as he always is. & # 39;

A similar story unfolded when millionaire design artist Madeleine Castaing began supporting Banier, whose friends include Johnny Depp, Vanessa Paradis, and Princess Caroline of Monaco.

In the 1980s, David Rocksavage filmed a documentary about Madeleine Castaing, using Banier as the conduit.

One of the most controversial portraits of Banier as a society photographer was Madame Castaing at the age of 86, with no make-up and standing at the foot of a marble staircase in her nightie and holding her wig in front of her.

At the time, there were rumors all over Paris that Banier had pushed Madame Castaing down the stairs as a punishment for refusing gifts.

Banier successfully sued some of his torturers for slandering the allegations, and his star witness was David Rocksavage, who said he had been present at the photo shoot in the early 1980s and Madame Castaing had just lost his balance and fallen.

In any case, she lived for 12 years.

In 2009, Banier was released from any wrongdoing during a libel trial, and the French weekly, Marianne, had to pay a symbolic fine of one euro.

Back in Norfolk, Rose spends much of her time in the relatively modest family home where she raises the twins and their three-year-old sister without any curious eyes.

It is a far cry from the glamor of the catwalks that she once enjoyed as a model at the Storm agency and discovered Kate Moss.

During the summer, however, three days a week, paying audiences are allowed to roam the 450-acre parkland around the house and into some of the ornate rooms of the Palladian estate, the first Prime Minister Robert Walpole, an ancestor from, were built David.

Despite the rumors surrounding Rose's friendship with William and Kate, many of her circles are loyal to her and refuse to believe that it's more than gossip.

"It was very hard for her," said a friend. "I know, it really upset her.

I talked to David about it. There is absolutely no truth in it and it was incredibly hard for her.

"Rose is a brilliant woman and she'll get over it, but it obviously affected her and she felt denigrated.

It's not all nonsense, but she knows it's very hard to say anything.

"She just has to wait until it's all over. That's what the couple was told about, and that's all they can do. & # 39;

A royal source claimed the whole saga was simply "malicious gossip" by someone "who seems to have an agenda to discredit William and Kate."

"David and Rose were also real victims in all this. They are not public and it is very unfair. It's all out of control, "the source added. "It's just really annoying for everyone."

A Cholmondeleys spokesman said, "There is no basis for any of the tabloids that have appeared. Otherwise there is nothing to say. & # 39;

At 11am today, the first rivulet of weekend tourists begins to linger on the sprawling grounds of Houghton Hall. Many want to see the exhibition of Henry Moore sculptures outdoors.

But if they took a look at the impressive, stately size of the hall, this would give no idea of ​​the turbulence inside.

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