Zara Tindall snubbed ahead of wedding as Mike’s relative ‘dead against’ couple’s marriage


ZARA TINDALL was snubbed ahead of her wedding to Mike as one of her future husband’s relatives was “dead against” the union, according to unearthed reports.

While the two chose to have a private wedding, it was by no means small, they still invited 400 of their friends and family to celebrate their union.

However, one of Mike’s relatives was not onboard with the marriage, and, in fact, was “dead against” the former rugby player marrying the Queen’s granddaughter.

During an unearthed interview in the Sunday Times in 2020, Mike and his father Philip discussed what it was like to marry into royalty.

Zara and Mike Tindall wedding

Zara and Mike got married in Edinburgh in 2011. (Image: Getty Images)

Zara and Mike Tindall wedding

The Tindalls opted for a private ceremony but still had a guest-list of 400 friends and family. (Image: Getty Images)

Prince Harry ‘not welcomed’ by two royals at Prince Philip’s funeral

Prince Harry did not receive a warm welcome when he returned to the UK for Prince Philip’s funeral last year.

A month earlier, the Duke of Sussex had sat down for his and Meghan Markle’s bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey.

Two royals were particularly frosty towards the prince. Find out who here.

According to Philip, Mike’s grandmother on his mum’s side did not give the couple her blessing.

He said: “Linda’s mum was dead against it. In her day, royalty married royalty and she thought the wedding would be shunned.”

In spite of his mother-in-law’s concerns, Philip revealed that he and his family got along well with members of the Royal Family.

He said: “Mum and Dad met Princess Anne early on. And it was incredibly relaxed. Zara was living in a little two-bed flat in Nailsworth, so it wasn’t exactly grandiose.”

Zara and Mike Tindall

The couple now share three children together: Mia, Lena and Lucas. (Image: Getty Images)

He said: “We’d go on a Friday night to watch the match and stop over at Zara’s.

“Sometimes we’d all go out for lunch with Zara’s mum on Sunday before we went home.

“We spent quite a bit of time with her dad too.

“Prince Harry would often be round watching the rugby, so, slowly and quietly, we got to meet them all – and that’s how it went on for quite a few years.”

Mike’s relationship with the Duke of Sussex was thrust back into the spotlight after an awkward reunion at the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations last month.

Harry and his wife Meghan Markle had returned to the UK with their two children — Archie and Lilibet — for the first time since their shock exit in 2020.

They only attended one public event during the four-day weekend — the National Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral on Friday, June 3.

Zara Tindall, Prince Harry and Mike Tindall

Harry introduced Mike and Zara during a trip to Australia back in 2003. (Image: Getty Images)

All eyes were on them when they met up with other royals and while Zara seemed happy to see her cousin, the same could not be said for her husband.

In the BBC footage of the event, Mike appeared to visibly avoid speaking to the Sussexes at the end of the service and was seen staring off into the distance with a “look of awkwardness,” according to body language expert Judi James.

She told at the time: “With Mike’s closeness to William in mind it also appeared to have created a bit of a dilemma as Harry stepped out into Zara’s group as they waited for their transport,

“Zara looks happy to chat and even turns fully to talk to Harry here, who is looking anxious and keen to get into his own car.

“Mike though remains facing forward, looking about and holding his order of service up with a look of awkwardness.”

Platinum Jubilee

The Sussexes and Tindalls had an awkward reunion during the Jubilee. (Image: Getty Images)

Mike has previously joked that he would like to “throw a few punches” at the Duke of Sussex.

He made the comments during A Question of Sport Live at the London Palladium back in September 2021.

He was joined by former England rugby player Matt Dawson, who recounted a night out with Prince Harry and ex-teammate Iain Balshaw in Sydney in 2003.

Royal expert Richard Eden said Balshaw and Tindall thought it would be “amusing to throw a few punches” at the prince to test how long it would take Harry’s personal protective officers to intervene.


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