Zara Tindall complains about husband Mike's favourite new pastime in lockdown

Lauren Clark
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Zara Tindall has how husband Mike has taken to playing golf on his phone at home (Getty Images)
Zara Tindall has how husband Mike has taken to playing golf on his phone at home (Getty Images)

Just like other members of the royal family, Zara and Mike Tindall have been staying at home in the country during the coronavirus lockdown.

However, the Queen’s granddaughter, 38, who lives on the Gatcombe Park estate in Gloucestershire near her mum Princess Anne, has admitted she is still adapting to the changes, including getting used to her other half’s annoying habits.

The mum-of-two revealed that the former rugby captain, 41, had taken up an irritating new pastime - playing golf on his phone.

Her funny revelation came up during a live conversation on Instagram with their friends, couple James Haskell and Chloe Madeley, to help raise money for the Sebastian's Action Trust.

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It was prompted when Richard and Judy’s daughter, 32, began complaining that her 35-year-old husband - who is an ex-teammate of Mike - had been playing Xbox “all day”.

Zara glanced at her other half, before noting: “It must be a gaming thing that rugby lads do.”

She explained: “He plays golf on his phone.”

Chloe said: “Tindall you can play golf, like real golf, outside.”

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As Zara pulled a wide-eyed expression at the camera, Mike insisted: “No you can't...the golf courses are closed.”

His wife - who is a pro equestrian - laughed out loud, before he complained that they “need to get out of lockdown because I now know how to tack up a horse, and it is ridiculous”.

The couple, who married in 2011, have two daughters, six-year-old Mia and one-year-old Lena.

It comes after they shared a selfie on Instagram after completing a 5k run for the Run For Heroes campaign which has raised millions for NHS charities.

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Speaking on Good Morning Britain recently about how she was finding lockdown, Zara said: “We're very lucky.

“We're out in the country, we are on the farm, and we've still got to look after the horses.

“So I can't imagine how hard it is for people in the city. But trying to stay safe and not put pressure on our NHS."

She continued: “I think its hard being locked up and not being allowed to do what you normally do.

“You know getting fresh air into your lungs and being out and about is part of our staying active and staying fit."

Commenting on her grandmother’s speech to the nation, the mum added: “I'm obviously very proud, and what she said is completely 100 per cent what the country needed.

“I hope that everyone listens and we can try to get back to normal. As we are trying to do today, support our NHS as much as we can."