Mike Tindall admits it's 'nice to have a boy around' after being 'outnumbered' by daughters

Rebecca Taylor
·Royal Correspondent
·3-min read
Mike Tindall rides on a golf cart with his daughter Mia during the Celebrity Cup charity fundraiser golf tournament at the Celtic Manor Resort in Newport, Gwent. (Photo by Andrew Matthews/PA Images via Getty Images)
Mike Tindall with his daughter Mia during the Celebrity Cup charity fundraiser golf tournament in 2018. (Andrew Matthews/PA Images via Getty Images)

Mike Tindall has confessed he is enjoying having a son after being "outnumbered" by females in his house over the last few years.

Zara, Tindall's wife and one of the Queen's granddaughters, gave birth to their son Lucas on 21 March, who arrived in their bathroom after she was unable to get to hospital in time to deliver there.

The couple already have two daughters, Mia and Lena, and Tindall admits he is pleased to have some male company at home.

Speaking to Good Morning Britain on Friday, he said: "It’s been a little bit of a rollercoaster of emotions in terms of highs and lows, but he’s been brilliant, to be fair.

"It’s nice to have a boy around to keep me company. The girls are outnumbering me ... so it’s nice to have Lucas around.

"He’s been so far - touch wood - great in terms of his sleeping and eating and doing everything that a five-week old does."

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Tindall shared on his podcast in March that baby number three had arrived and said Zara had to deliver him in their bathroom, as they realised they would not be able to get to the hospital in time.

But the former rugby player clarified the extent of his own role in the birth, saying he did not deliver his son - leaving that to the midwife and to Zara's longterm friend Dolly Maude, who is a maternity nurse.

He said: "Fortunately the midwife got there in time so I didn’t have to go down to the area... the downside... the wrong end, I got to stay at the top end and be supportive.

"Sorry the 'business end' would have been a far better way of describing it!" He laughed. "It wasn't what we were expecting but Zara's best friend Dolly, who's a maternity nurse, was there and had the situation in control.

"And then the midwife arrived which made me breathe a sigh of relief that I could just be chatting to Zara and trying to get her through it."

STROUD, UNITED KINGDOM - SEPTEMBER 09: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 24 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Mike Tindall and Zara Tindall with their daughters Mia Tindall and Lena Tindall (in her pram) attend day 3 of the Whatley Manor Horse Trials at Gatcombe Park on September 9, 2018 in Stroud, England. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)
Mike and Zara Tindall with their daughters Mia and Lena (in her pram) in 2018 at the Gatcombe Horse Trials. They are now a family of five (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)

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The Tindalls were two of the mourners who were able to be present at the funeral of Prince Philip on 17 April, as the Queen ensured all of the Duke of Edinburgh's children and grandchildren were there.

However he said that they had to leave quickly, and were unable to share supportive contact with other family members after the service.

Tindall is seeking to raise awareness about Parkinson's, a disease his father, Philip, was diagnosed with in 2003. 

His mother Linda is his father's primary carer, and Tindall recently shared how tough lockdown has been for her, with them both shielding as they were vulnerable.

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