Mike Tindall recalls ‘overcast’ period in his life after stepping back from rugby | Royal | News (Reports)

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The former rugby star is the husband of Zara Tindall, granddaughter of the Queen. The two are expecting their third child at some point this year.

As such the sportsman has close links to the royals, though he and Ms Tindal earn their own money.

In an interview with The Times, Mr Tindall, 42, said stepping back from his sporting career was an “overcast” time in his life, whilst commenting on the ups and downs of being a working royal.

He said: “Suddenly you wake up and you’ve got nowhere to go. You haven’t got your 30 best mates that you’re definitely going to see that day.”

Alongside his sponsorships, Mr Tindall delivers speeches and dinners. Zara, a professional equestrian, also has sponsorship deals which help fund the family.

Speaking about being ‘working royals’, Mr Tindall described it as “something you just get used to”.

He added: “It has its benefits and it has its negatives. You think about what you do and you have to be aware of it but it doesn’t necessarily dictate.”

Meanwhile, for this year, the royal has said he hopes to attend “many” parties as the Royal Family looks ahead to a number of celebrations.

The year is due to mark the Queen’s 95th birthday, Prince Philips’ 100th, and Zara Tindall’s 40th.

The extent to which parties will be able to take place depends on the Government’s coronavirus restrictions at the time.

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