Royal rebel: Mike Tindall reveals the member of his family who isn’t afraid to speak up

Mike, who married Zara in 2011, revealed how his six-year-old daughter Mia is “heading” towards becoming very outspoken. Speaking on the House of Rugby podcast, Mike heard how England women’s national rugby union player Jess Breach was not afraid to speak up for herself. She said: “I think I got easily swayed. 

“I would not be afraid to speak my mind.

“So my friends would be like, ‘say this’, and I would and then have to go stand outside.”

This candid confession prompted the laughter of Mike.

Signalling he is noticing a similar behaviour in his eldest daughter Mia, he replied: “I definitely should introduce you to my daughter, I think she’s heading that way!” 

Podcast co-star Alex Payne chimed in to ask whether there were “problems in that department”, to which Mike simply responded: “Freedom of speech!”

This confession comes just a few days after Zara’s husband revealed he is trying to teach his daughters Mia and Lena to be more competitive.

In another episode of House of Rugby, Mike opened up on the education he is giving his daughters after former rugby player James Haskell asked him why he “flat out beat” Mia during an improvised race to the shore during the Tindalls’ recent holidays in Australia.

The father-of-two replied: “I’m trying to make her more competitive that is what I was trying to do.” 

But this answer didn’t seem to convince Mr Haskell, who lightly mocked Mike saying: “Yeah, by beating her soundly and almost running her over and knocking her over – woo, take that!”

Mike, Zara, Lena and Mia spent the Christmas break on the Australian Gold Coast.

In early January, Zara, who competed as an equestrian in the 2012 London Olympic Games, took part in some of the races in the popular Magic Millions racing week and help to raise funds for the rural firefighters, who have been desperately battling the Australian bushfires for months.

The love for horses runs deep in the Royal Family.

The Queen famously loves riding and horse racing.

She is still spotted horse riding in her estates, either alone or with members of her family, and rarely misses important horse racing festivals.

Her only daughter, Princess Anne, became the first member of the Royal Family to ever compete in the Olympic Games. 

During her time as an equestrian, Anne won two silver medals (1975) and one gold medal (1971) at the European Eventing Championships.

And little Mia seems to have inherited the passion for horses, Mike said, and she often rides horses with her cousins Savannah and Isla, the daughters of Zara’s brother Peter Phillips.

Mike said: “She’s going through that period where she thinks she knows what to do so we have someone teaching her. 

“Her cousins, Savannah and Isla, and Zara’s brother, Peter Phillips, all ride as well and they go riding together.”

Mike praised horse riding as a good sport which can teach children several important skills.

He added: “I love that they have the opportunity of working with animals, being outside, all the traditions that you learn with treating an animal – looking after your stuff, looking after the animals and learning good balance, all those skills you learn – but I think Mia will probably want to do her own thing anyway.”   

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