Mike Tindall says marriage to Zara is 'not that easy' in candid interview on life in Royal Family

Mike Tindall and Zara Tindall

Mike Tindall is appearing on a new ITV programme called Grand Slammers

Dorothy Reddin

By Dorothy Reddin

Published: 28/09/2023

- 09:01

Updated: 28/09/2023

- 09:02

The former rugby star opened up about his 12 year marriage on a new TV programme

Mike Tindall opened up about how his marriage to Zara, saying it "is not that easy" in a new programme called Grand Slammers.

The I'm A Celebrity star appeared on the TV show on Wednesday night, where he went inside HM Prison The Mount, a Category C men's prison in Hertfordshire, for a unique challenge.

In the programme, Mike and his fellow co-stars used their sports skills to train a team of prisoners to be strong enough to compete against their rivals, the Australians.

During one scene, Mike opened up about his marriage of 12 years with Zara and life after playing for England in the Rugby World Cup in 2003.

Mike Tindall and Zara Tindall

Mike and Zara tied the knot in 2011


Mike Tindall

Mike competing in the Rugby World Cup in 2003


He said: "Everyone thinks that just by marrying Zara that means it's all fine and dandy… But that doesn't stop the fact that you need a job.

"And it's not that easy, you know - you get quite institutionalised into rugby, it's a way of life and you leave the game and that's not there.

"I don't think you can ever sort of describe when you're so used to being around that many people, and understanding, because of it being ingrained in you, where you fit in to then not being that person.

"Zara would say if she was honest it was probably a year it took me to figure out what I was, who I was going to be."

Mike Tindall and Zara Tindall

Mike Tindall and Zara Tindall at King Charles's Coronation


Mike Tindall and Zara Tindall

Mike and Zara are known as very down-to-earth royals


Mike officially retired from rugby in 2014, however, the athlete has opened up about struggling to find work after his sports career.

He continued during his interview on the ITV programme: "You've got to then go carve where the next path is - you can never replace going to work with 35 of your best friends every day."

Several other athletes joined Mike in the two-part documentary, including Martin Johnson, Jonny Wilkinson, Lawrence Dallaglio, Phil Vickery, Jason Robinson, Will Greenwood, Ben Cohen, and Matt Dawson.

The second part of the ITV documentary will air tonight at 9pm on ITV1 and ITVX.

Mike Tindall and Zara Tindall

Mike opened up about his marriage during his new ITV programme


Mike Tindall and Zara Tindall

​Mike Tindall and Zara Tindall at their wedding in 2011


Despite being open about his career struggles, Mike co-hosts a successful rugby-themed podcast called The Good, The Bad, and The Rugby.

This podcast will soon embark on a tour across the UK, with 17 dates already in the diary.

The tour will start at the end of October and is due to continue until the end of the year.

In addition, Zara's husband appeared on I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here! and advertising campaigns for Domino's and Amazon.

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