Kate Middleton and Prince William have had a challenging year when it comes to P.R. spin control. First, there was the “news” that Kate and Meghan Markle (her sister-in-law after her May 19th wedding to Prince Harry, William’s brother) were feuding. Then, there were reports that William was carrying on a torrid affair with their neighbor and one of Kate’s besties, Rose Hanbury.

Reports claimed that Kate found out about the affair and attempted to oust Rose from their circle. The couple became so upset by the reports, they allegedly took legal action against some of publications.

But the latest news has Kate and William actually using the bad P.R. as an opportunity to re-examine their relationship, and the perception of their family life by their children Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis, when they’re able to Google. A source tells Us Weekly: “The affair rumors turned out to be a good thing for them in the end. Kate finds the rumors hurtful, obviously, and hates the thought that one day her children will be able to read about them online.”

And whether there was anything truth to the whispers or not, the source tells Us Weekly it made them stronger. “It forced her and William to sit back and examine their relationship, which they realized they should have been doing more often,” they said.