Mike Tindall complains about King Charles coronation: ‘Very frustrating’

Mike Tindall, Princess Anne’s son-in-law, is speaking out about his place at King Charles’ coronation on May 6.

Mike, who is married to Charles’ niece Zara Tindall, shared a recap of the historic ceremony on his podcast “The Good, The Bad and The Rugby”.

“You’re in the hottest spot, but it all happened just around the corner from a wall you can’t see!” Tindall said, laughing. “You have a front row seat.”

Mike Tindall revealed that he was unable to see King Charles’s coronation. (Photo by David M. Benett)

Mike wasn’t really in the front row. Mike and Zara sat next to her brother, Peter Phillips, in line behind Prince Harry, Princess Eugenie and Princess Beatrice. The actual front row was reserved for Prince William, Kate Middleton, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, Prince Louis, Prince Edward and Sophie, Duchess of Edinburgh.

Mike, like several others in Westminster Abbey, watched the coronation ceremony on televisions mounted on the walls.

“It was incredible to sit where we were,” Mike continued. “Very frustrating that you couldn’t see around the corner, but you had the TV there. And of course everything that was going on from behind and in front. It’s one of those moments.”

Zara and Mike Tindall married in 2010 and have three children together. (Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

“I think the best part of the day was the six-and-a-half hour military footmen who were in the backyard of Buckingham Palace, cheering them on three times for the King – it was like whoa, goosebumps,” he continued.

In November, Mike opened up about meeting his wife for the first time, the the late Queen Elizabeth granddaughter, Zara Phillips.

In an episode of the reality TV show “I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here!” Tindall revealed that he met Phillips at the Manly Wharf Bar during the 2003 Rugby World Cup in Australia.

Mike Tindall and Zara Phillips sat with her brother Peter at King Charles’ coronation. (Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)

“I was at the World Cup, she was watching,” he shared. “I got dropped from the semi-finals. I was pissed off and so I went for a beer with another guy who got dropped and a guy who passed (in Sydney). They’d met her before and they introduced us and then I chatting.”


Tindall shared that he and Zara were a good match on their first outing together.

“First real date, just went to lunch locally. And ended up getting pretty drunk,” Tindall recalled. “That’s when we found out that we both like being spanked. It was a good start.”

Mike Tindall and Zara Phillips first met at the 2003 Rugby World Cup. (Photo by Max Mumby)

Owen Warner, a contestant on the British reality TV show, asked, “So if you never fell, you never met her?”


“The best decision of Clive Woodward’s life,” replied Mike, referring to the former Team England rugby coach.

The couple got engaged in 2010 and married the following year. They share three children: Mia, 8, Lena, 4, and Lucas, 1.

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