Zara Tindall opens up on heartbreaking question children asked her when Mike was away

Zara Tindall

Zara Tindall opens up on heartbreaking question children asked her when Mike was away

Dorothy Reddin

By Dorothy Reddin

Published: 06/12/2023

- 12:47

Princess Anne's daughter tied the knot with Mike Tindall in 2011

Zara Tindall opened up about a heartbreaking question that her three children asked her when Mike was away on I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here!.

The former rugby champion appeared in last year's series and was unable to contact his family throughout the process.

Zara and their children Mia, nine, Lena, five, and Lucas, two, were not always guaranteed a glimpse of their father during the show, as he was sometimes edited out of scenes.

The 42-year-old explained: "It was emotional. Nowadays you can speak to each other on the phone with FaceTime, whenever [you want].

Zara Tindall and Mike TindallZara Tindall and Mike Tindall at the Platinum Jubilee in 2022PA

"So, if either of us is away you’ve still got that connection.

"Mike not being able to speak to them, or for him to say, 'What’s going on, guys?', or 'Help your mother out!' or stuff like that, really makes such a difference.

"It was really hard for them," she told Women's Weekly.

Zara added: "They could watch him on the TV of course, but the way they edit it depends how much you actually do see of him.

Mike TindallMike competing in the Rugby World Cup in 2003PA

"Some episodes you might not see that much and the kids would be saying, 'Why can’t we see him?'.

"It’s hard for them to understand, so yes, they really missed him."

Mike was a popular edition on the show, eventually finishing in fourth place.

Zara flew down to Australia to surprise her husband as he crossed the famous rope bridge as he left the set.

Mike Tindall and Zara TindallMike and Zara tied the knot in 2011PA
Mia Tindall, Mike Tindall

Zara and Mike Tindall have three children


Mike appeared overcome with emotions and said: "I missed you so much!"

Australia was the country where Zara and Mike met in 2003.

The couple later tied the knot in 2011 and had three children to complete their family.

They now live on Princess Anne's Gatcombe Park estate in Gloucestershire.

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