Mike Tindall denies claims he and Zara will leave England as ‘big family’ keeps royal couple in UK

Mike Tindall and Zara Tindall
Mike Tindall and Zara Tindall are parents of three young children
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Dorothy Reddin

By Dorothy Reddin


Published: 12/06/2024

- 17:55

The royal couple live in Gloucestershire on Princess Anne's estate

Mike Tindall has denied claims he and his wife Zara will leave England, confirming that their "big family" keeps the royal couple in the UK.

The former rugby champion married King Charles's niece in 2011, before moving into Princess Anne's Gloucestershire estate, Gatcombe Park.


However, Mike, 45, and Zara, 43, are huge fans of Australia, having met in a Sydney bar during the 2003 Rugby World Cup.

Reports have previously circulated that the Princess Royal's daughter and her husband could move their three children, Mia, 10, Lena, five, and Lucas, three, to the Oceanic country.

Zara Tindall and Mike Tindall

Zara and Mike Tindall live in Gloucestershire on Princess Anne's estate

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But Mike has refuted these rumours, saying: "We go to Australia every year for the Magic Millions racing event, and we try to get back to have lunch at the place where we met whenever we can.

"We love Sydney and have loads of friends there, so it's been an important city in our lives.

"Everyone keeps telling us we're moving there but we're not.

"It's so far away, especially when you have a big family."

Zara Tindall and Mike Tindall

Zara Tindall and Mike Tindall supporting the Royal Family at a Buckingham Palace garden party

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As a father of three, Mike opened up about weekends at their Gloucestershire home, Aston Farm.

He continued to tell Hello!: "We're no different to other parents and our weekends end up being about the kids and getting them to their sports.

"It's a mixture of rugby, hockey, swimming, gymnastics.

"I think sport gives so many things to kids, whether it's learning how to be a team member or determination.

King Charles and Zara Tindall

King Charles is very close to his niece, Zara Tindall

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Zara Tindall and Mike Tindall

Zara Tindall and Mike Tindall have three children

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"It has given Zara and me so much that we want to expose them to as many sports as we can."

Zara is a professional equestrian, having won a silver medal in the London 2012 Olympic Games.

When asked whether he has learnt to horseride, Mike added: "No! It would be a bit like asking Zara to learn to play rugby.

"I know she does it with the kids, but I think we'd argue if she was trying to teach me to ride – and I would probably be a tough student."

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