Meet “Magic Mike,” a Down-to-Earth Royal Family Member Everyone Loves

Public opinion of members of the British royal family tends to ebb and flow – no one enjoys the widespread veneration of the late Queen Elizabeth – but there is one king whose popularity is booming. His name is Mike Tindall and he is the husband of Princess Anne’s daughter (and Elizabeth’s granddaughter) Zara. The former rugby player is now a contestant on British adventure reality series II’m a star, get me out of here!, where his down-to-earth manner has given the royal family “some of the best PR in months.” telegraph reported this week.

As it turns out, Tindall was one of the most beloved members of the royal family. Even Queen Elizabeth expressed her affection for him. Read on to find out why — and to explore the secrets of the royal family, don’t miss these Biggest royal romance scandals of all time.


Very popular with Elizabeth

Queen Elizabeth liked Tindall because he “brought ease to negotiations.” telegraph reports. For example, during Royal Ascot in 2019, Tindall took off his top hat to reveal a smaller top hat inside. This move “had failed the late monarch on the parade ring.” Tindall has proven to be an equally amusing character i am a celebritypraised for his relatable manner and sense of humor.

He described his first lunch date with the Queen’s granddaughter as “pretty boozy… Then we realized we both like getting smashed. It was a good start.” Tindall also admitted that he once slut-dropped in front of his mother-in-law in a pair of Nibble my Nuts boxers.


Tindall has a good relationship with Prince William

Shortly after Tindall began dating Zara, Prince William arrived at Tindall’s 27th birthday party, where Tindall greeted him by saying, “How are you, baldy?” William replied, “What’s it to you, fat?” and both laughed. “The thing about Mike is that he’s a thoroughly decent person and extremely friendly. Everyone knows there’s not a bad bone in his body, so he can get away with that kind of banter,” said one partygoer telegraph.

“The royal family loves him because he was never anything but his down-to-earth self around them. He’s an easy-going Yorkshireman who makes everyone laugh. The Princess Royal [Princess Anne, his mother-in-law] worship him.”


When did Mike and Zara start dating?

Tindall was born in 1978 and played 75 games for England’s rugby team. He played off center in the 2003 World Cup winning team. But he was relatively unknown until he started dating the Queen’s granddaughter, an Olympic horsewoman. Mike and Zara married in 2011 and they have three children, Mia, eight, Lena, four, and Lucas, one year old.


Tindall has not escaped public controversy

Tindall has also had his share of public embarrassment: the self-proclaimed alcoholic was arrested for drunk driving in 2008, a day after competing at the Cheltenham horse races. The court was told Mike had drunk three beers the night before his arrest, followed by seven glasses of champagne, then another beer and a vodka and Red Bull, the telegraph reported.

He was arrested the next morning and eventually banned from driving for three years. “Everyone has to be very careful to make sure they leave a very big gap between drinking alcohol and later driving,” he said in a statement. “I truly believe that people need to be educated about this, as I have.”


Tindall’s Self Catering

The British public might also take a friendly view of the Tindalls because they are not funded by taxpayers. Princess Anne refused royal titles for her children, so Zara always had to be self-sufficient. She financed her equestrian sport through sponsorship contracts.

And Mike Tindall’s performance i am a celebrity is widely viewed as a way to generate income for one’s family. He had previously been approached as being on the UK version of Dancing with the starsbut they could not afford his fee telegraph reports.

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