MIKE Tindall was an instant hit with fans during his time on I’m a Celeb – and his popularity doesn’t stop there.
Since marrying the Queen’s granddaughter Zara Phillips in 2011, Mike is said to have shared a special bond with his royal in-laws.
Mike is said to have a particularly close relationship with his mother-in-law, Princess Anne[/caption]
In 2011 he married the Queen’s granddaughter Zara[/caption]
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Since becoming the first king to enter the jungle, the former rugby star has delighted fans with behind-the-scenes stories of his royal lifestyle.
Mike has been a popular fixture in the royal lineup for over a decade.
He previously revealed how he was warmly welcomed by his new in-laws after tying the knot with Zara.
He told The Telegraph: “I can only say how nice they have been to me and how warmly they have welcomed me since they joined the family. And how they welcomed my family.
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“I’ve always felt a part of it and I think it’s because of what an amazing woman the Queen is. They are a fantastic family.”
While the royals have never publicly expressed their affection for Mike, it has been evident in his various interactions with family members.
In 2019, the Queen giggled when Mike lifted his top hat to reveal a miniature version of the same thing during a gag at Ascot.
The I’m a Celeb fan favorite is also close to his mother-in-law, Princess Anne, who shares his passion for rugby.
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Although Anne is a fervent supporter of Scotland’s national team – while Mike won the World Cup with England – they are said to have bonded over their love of the sport.
He previously left I’m a Celeb viewers in the lurch when he revealed his trousers had ripped apart on the dance floor in front of Princess Anne – revealing his trousers.
He told his roommates: “I ripped my pants right in front of her. It was like the boxer shorts I was wearing at the time said, “Chew my nuts.”
“When I turned around, she’s gone: ‘I’d rather not.'”
While Mike’s performance on the show broke with expected norms for members of the royal family, a royal expert has revealed Anne will be following his jungle antics closely.
Royal correspondent Jennie Bond said OK! Magazine: “Princess Anne has more of a sense of humor than we realise.
“She can be very strict, but she is actually one of the most natural people in the family.
“She’ll laugh, she’ll joke, and I think she’d probably find his antics in the jungle quite funny. I don’t think she’ll be the slightest bit offended by the panties thing.”
Mike also threw the dirt on him and Zara’s “drunk” first date for the other roommates.
He told them: “We found out that we both like being smashed. That was a good start.”
Mike’s cousin-in-law, Prince William, raised eyebrows this week when he refused to endorse Mike in order to be crowned king of the jungle.
The Prince of Wales was asked about the rugby star during a visit to Lincolnshire.
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She said: “I asked him who he would like to win, lioness Jill Scott or his relative Mike Tindall.”
Rachael explained that the 40-year-old Prince of Wales smiled and simply replied: “That’s a tough question.”