Royal Family ‘tight-lipped’ over Mike Tindall’s I’m A Celebrity sign-up as he declares he’s an ‘open book’

Buckingham Palace have reportedly not been ‘drawn’ to comment when it came to whether Mike Tindall asked permission to go on I’m A Celebrity…

Royal Family ‘tight-lipped’ over Mike Tindall I'm A Celebrity sign-up, seen here he attends a Service of Thanksgiving
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The Royal Family have been described as being “tight-lipped” over Mike Tindall’s I’m A Celebrity sign-up as he declared he’s an “open book”.


After weeks of speculation it has recently been confirmed that Mike Tindall, ex-England Rugby player and the husband of King Charles’ niece, will be one of the I’m A Celebrity 2022 contestants soon taking on the iconic bush tucker trials. His participation makes him the first royal to enter the I’m A Celeb jungle and Mike Tindall has admitted he might ‘regret’ his choice but is looking forward to it and believes it will be “good fun”. 

Now following the announcement that he’s taking part, the Royal Family have been described by The Telegraph (opens in new tab) as being ‘tight-lipped’ when it comes to Mike Tindall’s upcoming appearance. 

Zara Tindall and Mike Tindall attend The State Funeral Of Queen Elizabeth II

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The publication has alleged that Buckingham Palace supposedly didn’t deny on October 31 that Mike had sought advice before he entered the I’m A Celebrity jungle. However, they apparently didn’t comment on whether the King’s nephew-in-law had asked for permission to participate in the show or if there. 

Instead, it’s claimed a spokesperson reportedly pointed out that the retired rugby star isn’t a working member of the Royal Family. 

As the husband of King’ Charles’ niece Zara Tindall, Mike has been glimpsed at prominent family events over the years, ranging from Trooping the Color to family Christmases at Sandringham House

Zara Tindall and Mike Tindall attend Christmas Day Church service

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Despite this, however, neither Mike nor Zara have ever been senior working royals like her mother Princess Anne. It is in his capacity as a former England Rugby player and podcaster that Mike is preparing to put his skills to the test in the hit ITV survival show. And whilst it’s not clear or confirmed whether he sought any kind of royal permission first, Mike has declared that he’ll be open on I’m A Celeb

The rugby star will be the first royal to enter the jungle ever and, as reported by OK! (opens in new tab), when asked whether there are any misconceptions he’s hoping to dispel on I’m A Celeb he replied, “Nothing. I am an open book”. 

“With a rugby game you know what you are going to get and when it gets hard, you know what it looks like,” he shared, comparing his career experience to his new challenge. “This is something you can’t predict; you don’t know where it will take you and so you can’t really plan for it. Your ability to roll with the punches is something you have got to have. Hopefully I have that and I won’t overthink things. Hopefully my personality suits this.”

Mike Tindall will make his I’m A Celebrity debut when the show launches on Sunday November 6, with royal fans likely eager to tune in and see whether the rugby star might divulge any adorable family anecdotes going forwards.  

Emma is a Senior Lifestyle Writer with six years of experience working in digital publishing. Her specialist areas including literature, the British Royal Family and knowing all there is to know about the latest TV shows on the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and every streaming service out there. When she’s not writing about the next unmissable show to add to your to-watch list or delving into royal protocol, you can find Emma cooking and watching yet more crime dramas.