A true love story for all ages! princess annethe daughter of Zara Tindall (née Phillips), found an instant connection with Mike Tindall.
“He was on his gap year and in Australia with friends. clive [Woodward, my coach] He had just told me that I had been eliminated from the semi-final, so I went out for a beer with two others who were not playing, Martin Corry Y austin healey. Zara was in the same bar; they introduced us but we didn’t talk much,” the retired rugby player told the daily mail in June 2011. “Later, Austin gave me her number and said, ‘She wants you to text her where everyone is going after the finale so she can come over.’ Aussie is going to love me saying this, she will take the credit for meeting us.”
Mike texted the jockey the next day, and their romance took off.
“We still like to go out and have a good time. We just do it the right way, where it’s not in the media. If you live in London and you go out in London, it’s in all the papers,” he told the daily mail at the time. “You can still go out and have a good time in Cheltenham. Now we keep to ourselves.
The former rugby player went on to ask the Olympian, whom the Princess Royal shares with her ex-husband, the question. captain mark phillipstogether with son peter phillips – in December 2010. They were married a year later at Canongate Kirk in Edinburgh, Scotland.
As they navigated married life, Zara and Mike also expanded their family, welcoming daughters Mia and Lena in 2014 and 2018, respectively. The couple’s third son, Lucas, eventually followed in June 2021.
“A baby came to my house,” Mike announced Lucas’s arrival during an episode of his “The Good, the Bad and the Rugby” podcast several weeks later, adding that his wife had a “chaotic” delivery. “It was running to the gym, getting a mat, going into the bathroom, putting a mat on the floor, towels down. Fortunately, the midwife, who was to meet us at the hospital, was not that far away. She drove there, arrived just as we had assumed the [position]. And then the second midwife came right after the head arrived.”
He continued at the time: “[Zara] He was a warrior as always. She was back. Went for a walk [the next] tomorrow with him. Everything’s fine.”
While raising their royal brood, Zara and Mike have had ups and downs in their marriage.
“A marriage or a long-term relationship can’t always be roses and rainbows,” the rugby coach said during a November 2021 appearance on the UK show. loose women. “When you have children, that is a huge shock, it changes your system that you have never experienced and there will be those rocky roads. There are things that they throw at you that have to test both of you and that will test that relationship. The thing is that no one is right, no one is wrong. You have to work together to get through it.”
And he added: “The thing is that nobody is right, nobody is wrong, we have to work together. She’ll still be mad while I can have a full barney and because of rugby I can have a full barney on someone when she’s done it wrong and then I can [say]’Shall we give each other a hug?’”
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