Royal Family members moving to Australia? Rumors addressed - but not put to bed

Rumors of Royal Family members moving to Australia have been swirling but they've already spoken out about dramatic relocation

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After months of speculation regarding Mike Tindall and Zara Tindall relocating to Australia, Mike has spoken out. The ex-rugby pro addressed rumors that he and his family are the Royal Family members moving to Australia and honestly - it's not that reassuring.

Zara Tindall

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It's been a pretty amazing 12 months for Mike, who became the first member of The Firm to go on reality TV. The ex-rugby pro and podcaster stole the nation's hearts during his stint on the hit show I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here - though some complained about Mike Tindall's 'awful' trunks.

We're all for body positivity and the majority of viewers were all for the tiny trunks, which are known as 'budgie smugglers' in Australia. The dad-of-three seems to already be assimilated to the local fashion and loved living it up on vacation with his wife post-jungle. 

The utterly adorable pair, who are undeniably couple goals, looked so at ease in the Australian sunshine that rumors of an Aussie relocation were quick to gather pace.

Back in February 2023, Mike touched on the potential plans while chatting to HELLO!

"Never say never," he said, "but it’s not on the cards, people try to say that we almost did, but we never almost did. It's never been an actual thing where we’ve looked for a house or anything."

The pull of a country so far away is understandable, as it's not only the weather that would be more favorable to those who consider moving from the UK.

"We love Australia a lot and we love the lifestyle," he added. "I think it's brilliant for kids but whether we could actually move there, we're not sure."

Mike Tindall and Zara Phillips attend Day Two of Wimbledon 2022

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Understandably, such a huge move would be a challenge for many reasons - logistics being just one of them. Despite not being working royals, the couple has to consider the impact their departure would have - on a very personal level.

The couple and their children share a home with Princess Anne and her husband Sir Timothy Laurence, a luxury that affords them a special bond. This bond is especially clear whenever the Princess is seen in public with her daughter's family.

According to a recent public poll, the Princess Royal is, the most popular royal as well as being regarded as one of the most hard-working members too.

Princess Anne, Princess Royal and Zara Tindall attend Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse on June 16, 2022 in Ascot, England.

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In recent times, the Princess has increasingly shown her sense of humor, and since becoming a grandma to five of the Queen's great-grandchildren she's been rather public with how much of a softy she is too.

Mike's efforts to dispel rumors of the Tindalls being the Royal Family members moving to Australia were kind of vague. In fact, they're not quite enough to assuage any concerns that they may consider a big move. 

So what does the future hold for the Tindalls? It appears only time will tell. As Mike said, "never say never."

Aoife Hanna
Junior News Editor

Aoife is an Irish journalist and writer with a background in creative writing, comedy, and TV production.

Formerly woman&home's junior news editor and a contributing writer at Bustle, her words can be found in the Metro, Huffpost, Delicious, Imperica and EVOKE.

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