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Princess Anne ‘excited’ to become a grandmother again as Zara Tindall’s due date nears

Zara Tindall: Husband Mike announces wife’s pregnancy

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Anne’s daughter Zara Tindall, 39, is expecting her third child with her former England rugby player husband Mike, 42. Royal expert Richard Fitzwilliams said the Princess Royal, 70, will “undoubtedly” be excited to become a grandmother for the fifth time.

He added: “She’ll be looking forward to that.”

Mr Fitzwilliams pointed to Anne’s equestrian career as he discussed what she is like with her grandchildren.

Anne competed at the 1976 Olympics in the three-day event.

The royal expert said: “She is the hands-on type. She’s always been very practical, that’s always been the case.

“Of course, we think back to her successes in the equestrian field.”

Anne is already a grandmother to Zara and Mike’s two children Mia, seven, and Lena, two.

She is also a grandmother to Peter and Autumn Phillips’ children, Savannah, ten, and Isla, eight.

Mike revealed he and Zara, who live on Anne’s Gatcombe Park estate in Gloucestershire, were expecting their third baby during an episode of The Good, The Bad & The Rugby podcast in December.

The ex-England rugby player told co-hosts Alex Payne and James Haskell: “It’s been a good week for me, had a little scan last week – third Tindall on its way.”

Mike admitted he hopes the tot is a boy – which would make the baby Anne’s first grandson.

He said: “I’d like a boy this time, I’ve got two girls, I would like a boy.

“I’ll love it whether a boy or a girl – but please be a boy!”

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He added Zara was being careful having previously suffered two previous miscarriages.

Mike said: “Z is very good, always careful because of things that have happened in the past, and really looking forward to it.

But when asked about the baby’s due date, the 42-year-old dodged the question. He said: “We like to play our cards close to the chest.”

In December, a source claimed Zara was four months pregnant.

The insider told the Telegraph: “Zara is four months pregnant and they are absolutely delighted to be able to share this news.”

A Buckingham Palace spokesman said the Queen and Prince Philip were “delighted” by their granddaughter’s pregnancy.

It will be another great-grandchild for the monarch, 94, and the Duke of Edinburgh, 99.

Meanwhile, Princess Eugenie welcomed her first child with husband Jack Brooksbank on Tuesday.

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