A royal love story that will last a lifetime! Princess Anne’s daughter, Zara Tindall (née Phillips), found an instant connection with Mike Tindall.
“She was on her gap year in Australia with friends. Clive [Woodward, my coach] had just told me I was dropped for the semi-final, so I went out for a beer with two others who weren’t playing, Martin Corry and Austin Healey. Zara was in the same bar; we got introduced but didn’t speak that much,” the retired rugby player told the Daily Mail in June 2011. “Later on, Austin gave me her number and said, ‘She wants you to text her, to say where you’re all going out after the final so she can come along.’ Aussie’s going to love me saying this — he’ll take credit for us meeting.”
Mike messaged the equestrian the next day — and their romance took off.
“We still like going out and having a good time. We just do it in the right way, where it’s not in the media. If you live in London and go out in London it’s all over the papers,” he told the Daily Mail at the time. “You can still go out and have a good time in Cheltenham. We keep ourselves to ourselves now.”
The former rugby union player went on to pop the question to the Olympian — whom the Princess Royal shares with ex-husband Captain Mark Phillips, alongside son Peter Phillips — in December 2010. They were married in December 2010.
Zara and Mike are navigating married life. They have also added to their family by welcoming daughters Mia, Lena, and Lena, respectively, in 2014. The pair’s third child, son Lucas, eventually followed in June 2021.
“A little baby boy arrived at my house,” Mike announced Lucas’ arrival during an episode of his “The Good, the Bad and the Rugby” podcast several weeks later, adding his wife had a “chaotic” labor. “It was running to the gym, get a mat, get into the bathroom, get a mat on the floor, towels down. Fortunately, the midwife, who was going to meet us at the hospital, wasn’t that far away. She drove up, got there just as we’d assumed the [position]. And then the second midwife arrived just after the head had arrived.”
He continued at the time: “[Zara]She was as strong as ever. She was back up. We went on a walk [the next]Good morning to him. All good.”
Zara and Mike have experienced many ups and downs while raising their royal children.
“A marriage or long-term relationship can’t always be roses and rainbows,” the rugby coach said during a November 2021 appearance on the U.K.’s Loose Women. “When you have children, that is a massive shock, change to your system that you’ve never experienced and there is going to be those rocky roads. There are things that are thrown at you that have to test both of you and that will test that relationship. It doesn’t matter if one is right or wrong. You have to work through it together.”
He added: “The thing is no one’s right, no one’s wrong, you have to work through it together. She’ll stay angry whereas I can have a full barney and, because of rugby, I can have a full barney at someone when they’ve done it wrong and then I can [say], ‘Shall we have a hug?’”
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