‘It’s so far away, especially when you have a big family’: Mike Tindall denies rumours he and Zara will leave Britain for Australia

Australia has a lot of history for the Tindalls. In 2003, the land down under was where the couple locked eyes for the very first time. In the Emerald City of Sydney, the two met while Zara was on a gap year after graduating from the University of Exeter. At the time, she was travelling around Australia and New Zealand, where she met the rugby star at a bar. The two had drinks and have been practically inseparable ever since. Mike would later remember he was annoyed as he had been cut from the England World Cup squad.

Zara and Mike Tindall married in 2011 at the Canongate Kirk Church in Edinburgh and they have three children together, Mia, Lena and Lucas.

It comes amidst a busy time for Zara and Mike, who are believed to have been offering support to both the King and Kate Middleton amidst their health battles. Sources revealed earlier this year that the couple are acting as a vital cog in the royal family machine, bringing qualities of good humour, enthusiasm and positivity.

The Tindalls, it seems, can always be relied upon to loosen things up. A royal source told The Times, ‘The Tindalls are very much the glue of their generation of royals and bring the fun to a family gathering, no matter how serious the occasion.’

‘They can help take the family’s mind off the gravity of what is going on’, the source explained.

Elaborating on the Tindalls’ position within the wider family, the source said: ‘While some family members can be very ‘royal’, Mike is just himself and is relaxed and playful with George, Charlotte and Louis. It helps that they all have children around the same age that they can fool around together privately and bring a sense of normality to what is a stressful situation for everyone involved.’

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