Zara Tindall on the kind of mom Princess Anne was, calling her a 'role model' and how it shapes her own parenting style

In a new video for her clothing brand, Zara Tindall opened up on feeling “lucky” about the childhood her parents gave her and wanting to give her children the same

Zara Tindall has shared what her childhood with Princess Anne was like
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Zara Tindall has given fans a candid and touching look at what life with Princess Anne was like. In a new video promoting her clothing brand, Zara spoke about her favorite memories from childhood and labelled her mother, the Princess Royal, as her “role model.”


Princess Anne has long been praised for her tireless work ethic, but it would appear that she was never too busy to be a hands-on mom.

Anne, who has two children, daughter Zara Tindall and son Peter Phillips, gave her family an idyllic childhood, so says Zara in a new video released for British clothing line Musto.

Zara talks about the sort of childhood she had, saying, “I definitely remember having a lot of fun and being able to experience a lot of things. I'm very lucky that my parents were able to do that for us or whatever they were involved in, whether it was the horses or the sailing or the traveling.”

Zara and Anne share a close mother-daughter bond

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Zara also shared she’s “happiest at home, or with the family, obviously, or traveling. I'm happy traveling with the kids and Mike and exploring the world. If I've got something planned it would definitely be outside, either riding or doing some kind of activity like a trip away to Devon or Scotland.”

In a sweet nod to her own upbringing, Zara’s parenting style takes cues from Anne. Her dream trip away with her children, she adds, is “where you kind of make sure you're outside the whole time and they don't see a phone or an iPad for the whole day and then they can just crash in the evening.”

Zara has long followed in her mother’s footsteps. After Princess Anne was the first British royal to compete in the Olympics, riding Queen Elizabeth's horse Goodwill in the 1976 Montreal Olympics, Zara would go on to win a Silver Medal in the 2012 Olympic Games as part of the UK's equestrian team.

So it’s no surprise that, when asked who her role model is, Zara didn’t hesitate in answering “My Mum.”

Zara ends the video by saying she hopes to one day have a legacy as impressive as her mothers, saying that she would like to be remembered “for being hard working and respectful and loyal and a good mum,” with “some success in there and influencing the younger generations, as well.”

Jack Slater
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