Mike Tindall reveals the wild connection he and Zara had from their first date

Mike Tindall and Zara Tindall's first date was more like a frat party than a romantic dalliance and that's just fine with them

Mike Tindall and Zara Tindall attend day 1 of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse on June 14, 2022 in Ascot, England.
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Mike Tindall and Zara Tindall's first date saw them get 'smashed' and was, according to the former rugby player - a sure-fire sign that they had a lot in common.


Loose lips sink ships, as the old saying goes, but was there ever any doubt that Mike Tindall and Zara Tindall's first date was anything other than a great time? The loved-up parents of three have become known for their seemingly joyful relationship and down-to-earth attitude. 

Speaking on the hit reality TV show, Mike revealed all about their fun first date. "First actual date, just went out for lunch locally. And ended up being quite a boozy one," he said. "Then we figured out that we both quite like getting smashed. It was a good start."

Zara Phillips and Mike Tindall attend the Red Cross London Ball, at The Room By The River on November 21, 2007 in London, England.

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Some may be concerned about his mother-in-law's reaction to this revelation, especially as Princess Anne will be tuning in to watch I'm A Celeb, but it's probable she's all too aware of the raucous early days of their relationship. After all, they do all live together at Gatcombe Park! Surprisingly, of all the concerns you could have about your partner being on a reality TV show, Zara Tindall's biggest worry isn't related to their wild and reckless youth.

As the former rugby professional is the first ever member of the Royal Family to star on a reality TV show, it's understandable that viewers are already hooked. Even those who aren't big fans of the Windsor clan are keen as mustard to see what sort of little nuggets he may spill about what really goes on behind the scenes. So should they be worried?

Speaking on behalf of Slingo (opens in new tab), royal correspondent Charles Rae considered the likely reaction to Mike's appearance and said they're unlikely to be worried. "The Royal Family has coped with all sorts of things the past few years," he said, "so I’m sure they will cope in the unlikely event Mike speaks out of turn. I am sure he will have discussed matters, particularly with Zara and also senior palace aides."

Zara Phillips (L) kisses boyfriend Mike Tindall after completing the cross country phase of the Badminton Horse Trials on May 2, 2010 in Badminton, Gloucestershire.

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It goes without saying that for Mike, his wife's opinion on his new gig was incredibly important. Speaking to the Mirror (opens in new tab) he said, "Zara gets it and supports it – with both our careers, she goes away competing for weeks at a time and I always went on tours for 3-4 weeks in the summer. So our relationship has always been built to deal with that and we're good at compartmentalizing and finding ways to deal with it."

As it stands, Mike is already a fan favorite and it looks like his decision to go on the show was a good one.

Aoife Hanna
Junior News Editor

Aoife is Junior News Editor at woman&home.

She's an Irish journalist and writer with a background in creative writing, comedy, and TV production.

Formerly Aoife was a contributing writer at Bustle and her words can be found in the Metro, Huffpost, Delicious, Imperica, EVOKE and her poetry features in the Queer Life, Queer Love anthology.

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