ZARA TINDALL is mother to two adorable girls, but what shocking revelation about motherhood did the Queen’s eldest granddaughter share about herself?
Zara Tindall is one of the nation’s favourite down-to-earth royals. She and husband Mike Tindall were married in 2011 and added two daughters to their family in 2014 and 2018. As Zara in 18th in the line of succession, she is more able to live a “normal” life, unlike some of her cousins who live under stricter rules. But why did Zara say she was “not very maternal”?
Motherhood is a key component of the Royal Family.
There are several mothers across the different generations and in fact, the family is headed by a matriarch, the Queen.
These mothers have different parenting styles and approaches to motherhood.
Zara Tindall is one of the nation’s favourite mothers to watch as she lives a more typically “normal” life and is considered to be one of the most down-to-earth royals.
Body language expert, Emily Wysock-Wright said: “I love watching the relationship between Princess Anne, Zara and the grandchildren.
“I feel a real sense of family between them all and see Anne as the doting, supportive mother and grandmother.”
In July 2018, Zara and her elder brother Peter Phillips were interviewed by The Times sharing intimate details about their lives, the successes and struggles they had faced.
Zara revealed that her brother has always been “very protective” over her.
She added that during their lives they have always supported one another.
So why exactly did Peter find it so surprising when Zara welcomed her eldest daughter Mia into the world?
Zara told The Times: “I think Pete found it quite strange when I had my first child.
“I’m not very maternal.
“If someone had a new baby and said, “Do you want to hold my baby?”, I’d go, “No thanks,” but I really enjoyed all of it when I had Mia. I shocked myself.
“There’s quite a big gap between Mia and Lena: Mia is about to start school; with Lena, who is a month old, I’m going back and doing it all again.”
There is a four year age gap between the Tindall’s daughters.
However, the couple sadly suffered a miscarriage in 2016.
Zara told The Times: “I had a miscarriage in 2016 and afterwards loads of people wrote to me and Mike to say they’d been through the same thing. In our case, it was something that was really rare; it was nature saying, “This one’s not right.”
“For me, the worst bit was that we had to tell everyone — everyone knew.
“At the time, Pete was again very much the protective brother; he was very concerned about me, as was Mike. Everyone was.
“It was a time when my family came to the fore and I needed them.
“I had to go through having the baby because it was so far along.
“I then had another miscarriage really early on.
“You need to go through a period where you don’t talk about it because it’s too raw but, as with everything, time’s a great healer.”
But thankfully in 2018, Zara gave birth to a healthy baby girl, Lena, who was the youngest royal until baby Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor was born in May this year.
Peter Philips told The Times he was amazed by his sister and her achievements.
He said: “When Mia arrived it was quite difficult to compute.
“Zara has always been the little sister and suddenly I thought, “Christ, you’ve properly grown up now.”
“That rather annoying little sister is now a well-respected equestrian and an exceptional mother.
“If my daughters come close to achieving what Zara’s achieved, I’d be happy.”