Princess Anne ‘will be tuning in’ to Mike on I’m A Celebrity

I'm a Celebrity: Mike Tindall sparks 'nervousness in the Palace'

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Princess Anne will watch her son-in-law Mike Tindall on I’m A Celebrity, according to a royal expert. Former royal correspondent Charles Rae also said Zara Tindall will “be glued to the screen”.

Mr Rae added that Prince William and Kate, who are close to the Tindalls, are likely to watch some of the ITV show, which kicked off last night.

And the royal expert said that King Charles and Queen Consort Camilla “might just occasionally tune in.”

Speaking on behalf of Slingo, Mr Rae said: “Mike and Zara are popular within the Royal Family, with close ties to William and Catherine. They often spend time together and have children of similar ages, so it is all happy families.

“They are also close to Harry and Meghan, but of course don’t see them as often.

“Zara is also a favourite of King Charles, which means he has a lot of time for Mike as well.

“Zara will clearly be glued to the screen, but I also suspect his mother-in-law, Princess Anne, will be tuning in as well.

“William and Catherine, who are close to the Tindalls, will want to see how he gets on.

“I expect the King and Queen will be getting progress reports and might just occasionally tune in.”

The first episode of the reality show filmed in the Australian jungle aired last night.

Mike has become the first member of the extended Royal Family to join the line-up.

Fellow contestants include pop star Boy George, former Love Islander Olivia Attwood and surprise late addition ex-health secretary Matt Hancock.

Ahead of the start of the series, the 44-year-old admitted he will miss his wife, who he married in 2011, and three children.

He said: “First and foremost, I will miss my family. I will miss my bed too and a nice breakfast.”

The sportsman said he was inspired to join the show by his friend and former I’m A Celebrity contestant James Haskell.

He said: “It is sinking in now that I am taking part. I am ready to rumble! I have been asked on numerous occasions to take part.

“The timing was right this year and Hask did the show and he had been talking about it.”

It comes as royal expert Ingrid Seward warned Mike of the risk of “embarrassing” his mother-in-law.

Ms Seward said the Tindalls can get away with taking part in reality shows as they are non-working royals.

Writing for The Sun, she said: “They do not have titles and they are certainly not a burden on the taxpayer, which is fair enough.

“They just need to be careful they don’t do anything that might embarrass their mother the Princess Royal or their uncle the King.”

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