Mike Tindall plans to ‘bashfully hide away’ at next royal family gathering

Mike Tindall says he plans to “bashfully hide away” at his next family gathering after amusing his campmates on I’m A Celebrity with a story of him splitting his trousers in front of his mother-in-law, the Princess Royal.

The 44-year-old former rugby player told his co-stars on the ITV show about the incident, which occurred on the dance floor at his wife Zara’s 70s-themed 30th birthday party, prompting much laughter.

Tindall narrowly missed out on a place in Sunday night’s final after becoming the eighth contestant eliminated from the ITV show.

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After leaving the camp in the Australian jungle, he was greeted by his wife, the King’s niece.

Appearing on Good Morning Britain on Monday, he addressed whether he knew how many members of the royal family had been watching him.

He said: “No, I don’t right now but I’m sure I’ll find out at some point, Christmas is around the corner. We will see if some interesting gifts come underneath that tree. I don’t know.

“There’s some sense of humour kicking around in the family. So yeah, I’ll wait for some interesting gifts and see how many people were watching.”

Asked whether he knew if the Princess Royal had watched him recall his trouser-splitting incident on national TV, he replied: “No, I don’t think she was watching but I think Zara might have told her.

“But I’m pretty sure it’s probably etched into her memory banks for all the wrong reasons. So yeah, I’ll probably bashfully hide away from that one.”

Tindall had recalled the incident to fellow contestant Seann Walsh.

He told him: “I love a suit. My problem with suits is I overexaggerate dancing at weddings… I rip a lot of suits, trousers and stuff.”

To which comedian Walsh, 36, replied: “Course you do.”

Tindall continued: “The old slut drop gets me every time. I went to a wedding, ripped a suit, they were like, ‘Oh my god, what are you going to do?’

“I was like, ‘Don’t worry I’ve got a spare’. They were like, ‘Who brings a spare suit?’ Someone who rips a lot of trousers brings a spare suit.”

He added: “Zara had like a 30th birthday, it was a disco 70s-themed one, I was dancing on the dance floor, I had flares on, full outfit but it was quite tight, nothing ever fits – rugby player’s bum and legs – so I was dancing with my mother-in-law and I did a slut drop in front of my mother-in-law.”