Mike Tindall admits to feeling frustrated by online abuse

Mike Tindall has opened up about his experience of online abuse, following accusations of wrongfully seeking furlough

ASCOT, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 20: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 24 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Mike Tindall attends day three, Ladies Day, of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse on June 20, 2019 in Ascot, England. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)
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Mike Tindall has shared his feelings of frustration following the recent controversy over his company's use of furlough.

Mike Tindall has shared his experience of social media abuse in a recent discussion on his podcast, The Good, The Bad and The Rugby.

The former English rugby player revealed his frustrating experience of online trolling to co-hosts James Haskell and Alex Payne, following last week’s tabloid reports that he had wrongfully claimed furlough payments. 

"It's quite interesting how many people crawl out of the woodwork on the line below,” he said. 

The husband to the Queen’s granddaughter, Zara Tindall, went on to detail the barrage of abuse from anonymous Internet users. “I don't think I've ever been called a [bleeped] as many times by random people who have got ten followers and don't put their own profile picture...they have a mask that you rob a bank with. I was like, 'Well, I don't really care what you think.” 

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Mike’s financial affairs came under major scrutiny last week after the Sun published an article alleging his company was claiming furlough assistance. Despite no evidence that Mike himself was receiving the money, multiple press outlets blasted the business owner for embarrassing the royal family by seeking government aid. 

Mike squashed the outrage on the podcast, providing a simple explanation for the claim. "Obviously the furlough scheme is there and I did have one person working for me who had nothing to do so she went on furlough which is why the system was in place because there was nothing for her to do and she can't come to work,” he said. 

Now retired from professional rugby, Mike currently earns a living from his firm, Kimble Trading. 

When asked about his feelings on the false accusations, he didn’t hold back. “Obviously I was pissed off,” he admitted. 

“For some reason they thought, I have £15.4m but I was taking £584 a month on the furlough scheme...hmm, makes sense if you’ve got £15.4m.” The dad-of-two also took issue with the Sun's estimate of his net worth. "We sodded off homeschooling to try and find this 15.4m...we still haven't managed to find it." 

Despite his initial irritation, Mike seems to have recovered from the ordeal. 

“It’s been an interesting week, but we got an apology in the end,” he said. 

Emma Dooney
Lifestyle News Writer

Hailing from the lovely city of Dublin, Emma mainly covers the Royal Family and the entertainment world, as well as the occasional health and wellness feature. Always up for a good conversation, she has a passion for interviewing everyone from A-list celebrities to the local GP - or just about anyone who will chat to her, really.

Emma holds an MA in International Journalism from City, University of London, and a BA in English Literature from Trinity College Dublin.