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Zara Tindall snub: Relative ‘dead against’ royal’s emotional marriage to Mike

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The equestrian and granddaughter of the Queen, 40, is the centrepiece of Channel 5’s documentary, “Zara & Anne: Like Mother, Like Daughter” tonight. Through archive footage and interviews with royal historians, The Channel 5 documentary will look at Zara’s relationship with her mother, Princess Anne. Zara married England rugby player Mike Tindall at Canongate Kirk in Edinburgh.

The ceremony was given the royal seal of approval, with the Queen, Prince Philip, Prince William and Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge all in attendance.

However, one person who did not approve of the wedding was Mike’s grandmother, according to a recently resurfaced interview with the sportsman and his father, Philip.

Speaking to The Sunday Times last year, the pair discussed what it was like marrying into royalty. 

Mike’s grandmother on his mother, Linda’s side, would not have given the royal couple their blessing, according to Philip.

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

However, despite his mother-in-law’s misgivings, Philip explained how his parents had got along well with 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.”

Mike also depicted a relaxed atmosphere between his family and the royals, explaining how he would watch the rugby with Zara’s cousin, Prince Harry.

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.” 

Harry is credited with sparking Zara and Mike’s romance after introducing the pair at a bar in Sydney, Australia.

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Mike was competing at the 2003 Rugby World Cup and met Zara when Harry took her to meet the England team after their legendary win at the tournament.

Zara and her mother, Anne, are reported to have an incredibly close relationship.

Body language expert Judi James told Express.co.uk that the pair clearly share a close bond.

She said: “When a child lives a life a parent craved it can lead to suppressed resentment and jealousies.

“But in Anne and Zara’s case the bonds could hardly look closer, probably because Zara’s happy marriage and Olympic excellence means she hasn’t wasted the gift of freedom that her mother gave her.”

The duo both share a huge love of horses, which has seen Zara go on to represent Team GB at the Olympic Games.

Star showjumper Zara went on to become the first ever royal to win an Olympic medal when she clinched silver at the London 2012 Games.

Zara & Anne: Like Mother, Like Daughter is on Channel 5 tonight from 7:15pm.
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