After marrying Zara Tindall, a descendant of Queen Elizabeth, in a royal ceremony, Mike Tindall thinks there is still hard work to be done.
Documentary By Mike Tindall!
In the new documentary Grand Slammers, the former professional rugby player, who married Princess Anne's daughter in 2011, discussed the difficulties he had after quitting the sport a few years later.
Nine members of England's 2003 Rugby World Cup-winning team, including Mike, are followed in the ITV1 & ITVX series as they prepare a group of convicts in a men's jail to compete against an Australian expat rugby side. The documentary's premiere corresponds with the 2023 Rugby World Cup, and part one appeared on Wednesday.
Life After Tying The Knot With Zara!
Mike was open about how life was after he and Zara were married. Despite Princess Anne's decision to forego bestowing royal titles onto her daughter and son, Peter Phillips, at birth, they were nurtured in the spotlight and frequently attend family gatherings that also serve as major royal occasions!
Enjoy Christmas at Sandringham and Trooping the Color from youth. As their families grew, Zara and Peter maintained tradition, and today their wives and kids participate in the major events.
Mike Said, ‘You Need A Job’!
Everyone believes that by marrying Zara, everything will be perfect. You still need a job, though, so it doesn't change anything. And you know leaving the game isn't that simple because you get fairly institutionalised in rugby; it becomes a way of life, the 44-year-old remarked.
"When you're used to being around that many people and knowing where you fit in because it's ingrained in you, I don't think you can ever sort of describe," to then not being that person," he added.
"If Zara were to be completely honest, she would state that it took me about a year to realize who I was and what I wanted to do with my life. After that, you must forge forward since nothing can ever replace daily commutes to work with 35 of your closest friends.
The Career Of Mike Tindall!
After 17 years of playing professionally, Mike resigned from rugby in 2014. His wife is still competing professionally in equestrian sport. Before King Charles' coronation day in May, Zara made an exclusive statement at the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event on her favourite family experiences involving horses. The royal family has a long history of enjoying horses, and their late grandmother Queen Elizabeth was an excellent rider like her only daughter and oldest granddaughter.
"I believe it's just our family's inherited enthusiasm and affection for horses. They are a wonderful blessing in our life. It's a fantastic sport, and being able to do it every day is incredible," 42-year-old Zara said. "In any equestrian activity, the bond between the horse and rider, or an owner and the animal, is unique. Working with horses is a great blessing for us.
Mike has focused his abilities on charity work and media appearances, which are frequently rugby-related, while Zara continues to compete (where her husband and their children Mia, 9, Lena, 5, and Lucas, 2, frequently see her compete at horse events).
Podcast Of Mike!
In 2020, he James Haskell and Alex Payne started the podcast The Good, The Bad, and The Rugby. Most recently, the group performed at Windsor Castle. The co-hosts spoke with Kate Middleton, Prince William, and Princess Anne in a special edition that aired Sept. 9 in time for the Rugby World Cup.
The Welsh Rugby Union, Rugby Football Union (of England), and Scottish Rugby Union are each sponsored by Prince William, Princess Kate, and Princess Anne, respectively. The conversation was genuinely a family affair, and at one point, Mike revealed a bit of Kate's character behind the scenes.
He paused before saying, "I'm not going to say you're uber competitive," before nodding to show that she was. I'm not at all competitive, Princess Kate said coyly. "I've seen her play beers pong!" Mike laughed.
The former rugby player is not the only spouse of a royal with a secret professional career. Princess Beatrice's spouse, Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, is a wealthy real estate developer, and she works at Afiniti as Vice President of Partnerships and Strategy.
Princess Eugenie is a director at the Hauser & Wirth art gallery, and her husband, Jack Brooksbank, was formerly employed by George Clooney as the brand manager for Casamigos Tequila until switching to a new post that is partially located in Portugal.