Queen was `brave´ during farewell to Philip, says Mike…

Mike Tindall has said the ‘brave’ Queen ‘made a stand’ by sitting on her own at Prince Philip’s funeral. 

The former England rugby player, 42, who is married to the Queen’s granddaughter, Zara Tindall, appeared on BBC Breakfast today from his home on Princess Anne’s Gatcombe Estate.

He said the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral had been ‘tough’ for the family, but said that Philip would have approved of the ‘beautifully done’ service, which was held under Covid-19 restrictions.

The father-of-three explained: ‘Having to see the Queen make a stand in terms of having to show what the world is at the moment and sit on her own and be as brave as she was, I thought just summed up her up as a lady. She was amazing.’

The Queen was 'brave' as she mourned her husband Prince Philip by sitting alone at his funeral service, Mike Tindall has said

The Queen was 'brave' as she mourned her husband Prince Philip by sitting alone at his funeral service, Mike Tindall has said

The Queen was ‘brave’ as she mourned her husband Prince Philip by sitting alone at his funeral service, Mike Tindall has said

Covid-19 restrictions meant the Queen had to sit on her own and there were just 30 guests but Mike said 'loss is always going to be difficult'

Covid-19 restrictions meant the Queen had to sit on her own and there were just 30 guests but Mike said 'loss is always going to be difficult'

Covid-19 restrictions meant the Queen had to sit on her own and there were just 30 guests but Mike said ‘loss is always going to be difficult’

Covid-19 restrictions meant the Queen had to sit on her own and there were just 30 guests but Mike said ‘loss is always going to be difficult’. 

After hailing the Queen as ‘amazing and brave’, he continued: ‘Then the funeral finished and it was ‘Get in your cars and go home’, but that is what is allowed, that is what the rules state, so that is what happened.

‘It was tough but I thought the actual funeral was done so well that I think he will be looking down and he would have actually been happier about the way it happened.’

Mike and Zara welcomed a son, Lucas, just over five weeks ago and named him after Philip in honour of both Tindall’s father and the Duke of Edinburgh, who died just 19 days after his great-grandson was born.

Mike and Zara welcomed a son, Lucas, just over five weeks ago and named him after Philip in honour of both Tindall's father and the Duke of Edinburgh, who died just 19 days after his great-grandson was born.

Mike and Zara welcomed a son, Lucas, just over five weeks ago and named him after Philip in honour of both Tindall's father and the Duke of Edinburgh, who died just 19 days after his great-grandson was born.

Mike and Zara welcomed a son, Lucas, just over five weeks ago and named him after Philip in honour of both Tindall’s father and the Duke of Edinburgh, who died just 19 days after his great-grandson was born.

Mike, who also has daughters Mia, seven, and two-year-old Lena, told the programme: ‘We are loving it at the moment. It is always nice to have a little boy to keep me company. I am surrounded by ladies.’

Speaking of his wife’s homebirth, he recalled: ‘It was all going to plan and we were sat in the living room when  Zara’s waters broke.’

He said Zara’s best friend, Dolly, who is a maternity nurse, was there, saying: ‘I think Zara would agree it was more important she was there than I was.

‘When the waters broke, Zara went for a bath and, when she got out, she was shaking. Dolly said it was a sign the baby was coming fast and they would not have time to get to the hospital.

He said the Duke of Edinburgh's funeral had been 'tough' for the family, but said that Philip would have approved of the 'beautifully done' service, which was held under Covid-19 restrictions

He said the Duke of Edinburgh's funeral had been 'tough' for the family, but said that Philip would have approved of the 'beautifully done' service, which was held under Covid-19 restrictions

He said the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral had been ‘tough’ for the family, but said that Philip would have approved of the ‘beautifully done’ service, which was held under Covid-19 restrictions

Tindall said ‘the immediate thoughts are panic’ and then it was about figuring out where to have the baby.

He told the programme: ‘The good thing is with Dolly, she said, ‘Where do you want to have the baby?’ I thought ‘Let’s not do a bed;, so I went to the gym and got lots of mats out and towels. Zara did her thing.

‘All ladies who give birth are amazing. She did not disappoint.’

It comes days after the former England rugby player took part in his first official royal engagement, joining forces with the Duchess of Gloucester for a video conversation to mark World Parkinson’s Day. 

Mike took part in his first official royal engagement earlier this week and revealed his daughters Mia and Lena were enjoying helping out with their new little brother (pictured in 2019)

Mike took part in his first official royal engagement earlier this week and revealed his daughters Mia and Lena were enjoying helping out with their new little brother (pictured in 2019)

Mike took part in his first official royal engagement earlier this week and revealed his daughters Mia and Lena were enjoying helping out with their new little brother (pictured in 2019) 

He told Danish-born Birgitte, who congratulated him on the new arrival: ‘Sorry, that’s why I was a couple of minutes late. I was just dropping Lucas out of the room, he was snoozing. Zara’s about to feed him.’

Birgitte, who is married to the Queen’s cousin, the Duke of Gloucester, said of Tindall’s daughters Mia, seven, and two-year-old Lena: ‘You’ve got those two little nursery helpers to do most of the work, haven’t you?’

Tindall laughed and said: ‘It’s a fine balance – I love that they want to help, but maybe they try and help a little bit too much, and smother the baby a little bit.’ 

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