"Unfortunately, if a rumor's left to kind of do its own thing it can run 20 laps around the world before you even think about what [and] how you want to kind of address it," the royal expert said in an interview.
Tabloids in the U.S. and U.K. published headlines alluding to William having an extramarital relationship with longtime friend and Marchioness of Cholmondeley Rose Hanbury, but the future king didn't publicly acknowledge it.
"They never addressed it, so those rumors will never go away even though there's no truth to suggest that they are true," Scobie stated.
While writing Endgame, Scobie was mindful of the lack of evidence surrounding the running narrative.
"I was very careful in the book to really focus on this, as the allegations against William, Kate's and their fallout with Rose Hanbury," he explained. "For legal reasons, there are so many things that one can't go into but I thought it was really important, even if a rumor is a rumor."
"The worst case scenarios that they feared would happen, you know, just those rumors themselves were going to have enough impact, negatively, on William's reputation," he continued.
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"We still see them [the rumors] trend on Twitter on a regular basis ... that's something that's incredibly damaging, I think, for William," he shared. "It probably looks even worse, actually, that there was a kind of willingness to throw Harry under the bus simply to make these things disappear."
“In addition to being false and highly damaging, the publication of false speculation in respect of our clients’ private life also constitutes a breach of his privacy pursuant to Article 8 of the European Convention to Human Rights," the lawyers said in a statement at the time.
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