Mike Tindall’s appearance on I’m A Celebrity has provided the Firm with ‘some of its best PR in months’, says royal expert
- Mike Tindall is first member of the Royal Family to appear on I’m a Celebrity
- Has made headlines with some revelations, admitting he likes to get ‘smashed’
- Some speculated that the appearance could be embarrassing for Royal Family
- But royal expert Camilla Tominey says his exploits are good pr for the Firm
Mike Tindall’s appearance on I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!, has provided the royal family with ‘some of their best PR in months’, an expert has claimed.
Writing in the Telegraph, royal editor and broadcaster Camilla Tominey said that although some feared that the appearance may cause the Firm embarrassment, it has been a positive move.
The former England rugby ace, 44, is married to Zara Tindall, 41, who is Princess Anne’s daughter and King Charles’ niece.
During the Sydney-based reality show, Mike has been open about his marriage, admitting that he and Zara discovered they ‘both quite like getting smashed’ during their ‘boozy’ first date.
Mike Tindall has been making headlines thanks to his appearance on I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!, with royal expert Camilla Tominey branding his exploits good pr for the Firm
Some speculated that the former England rugby player’s appearance could be embarrassing for the Royal Family, but Camilla Tominey says ‘Mike has shown the relatable side of the Windsors’ (pictured: King Charles and Camilla Queen Consort at the Victoria and Albert Museum earlier this month)
And while some may have concerns how this reflects on the Firm, according to Camilla Tominey, ‘Mike has shown the relatable side of the Windsors’.
Opening up about his relationship with his wife, Mike revealed he met Zara during England’s Rugby World Cup-winning campaign in Australia in 2003.
Speaking inside main camp, Mike told fellow campmates Babatúndé Aleshe and Owen Warner about first meeting his wife, whom he shares three children, Mia, eight, Lena, four, and Lucas, one, with.
He also candidly discussed their first date, recalling: ‘First actual date, just went out for lunch locally. And ended up being quite a boozy one. Then we figured out that we both quite like getting smashed. It was a good start.’
Mike explained: ‘I was at the World Cup, she was out watching. I got dropped from the semi-final. I was p****d off and so I went for a beer with another guy who got dropped and a guy who was over [in Sydney]. They’d met her before and they introduced us and then got chatting.’
Owen replied: ‘So if you never got dropped you never would have met her?’
The rugby star, 44, is the first member of the Royal family to compete in the ITV series. He says he has the full backing of his wife Zara
The royal has been open about his relationship with Zara, revealing that the pair enjoy getting ‘smashed’ (pictured with Babatúndé)
Mike said: ‘Best decision of Clive Woodward’s life.’ Owen added: ‘Thank god he dropped you.’
Babatúndé asked Mike: ‘How many years has it been?,’ to which Mike replied: ’18 years.’
It comes after Mike confirmed wife Zara will be flying to Australia to support him on I’m A Celebrity … Get Me Out of Here! ‘if it got to the end’ – and has warned him not to eat too loudly.
The rugby star is the first member of the Royal family to compete in the ITV series, and his appearance has the full backing of Zara.
Former rugby player Mike Tindall pictured with his royal wife Zara on their wedding day in 2011
Mike has confirmed wife Zara will be flying to Australia to support him on I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! ‘if it got to the end’ – and has warned him not to eat too loudly (pictured: the couple at Wimbledon in June)
But he’s told how the Olympic equestrian star has begged him not to embarrass her with his uncouth eating style.
Speaking from New South Wales, Australia, Mike, said: ‘We have some work out here so if it got to the end then hopefully, she’d be able to come out.
‘Zara told me to go and be myself, which is all you can be. She said to go enjoy and be yourself. Zara’s biggest worry is how loud I am when I eat.
‘She will be very happy if someone comments about how loud I breathe when I eat because it’s always a point that she brings up.’