Mike Tindall reportedly branded Prince Harry a “b***end” during the Platinum Jubilee celebrations, earlier joking that the royal family wanted to “slap some punches” on the Duke.
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Most people try to keep fiery comments about their other half’s family to themselves at the occasional family gathering.
But not for Mike Tindall, who reportedly branded Prince Harry a “B***end” during the platinum anniversary.
Now the former England rugby star, 43, who is married to Princess Anne’s daughter Zara, 41, is in the spotlight.
His antics during the platinum anniversary left people stunned – as he modeled Zara’s fascinators and shared cheeky photos on Instagram.
But it seems things weren’t going so smoothly behind the scenes – when Harry and Meghan made their first appearance alongside the Cambridges since they left the monarchy for a new life in the US two years ago.
It was the first time they were all together since the Duchess of Sussex accused her sister-in-law of making her cry over bridesmaid dresses in an interview with Oprah.
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That Daily express reported that a source overheard the 42-year-old describing the Duke of Sussex’s behavior as that of a “b*** end”.
He reportedly took the stab at a reception held at Buckingham Palace on Saturday night after the Platinum Party concert.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle did not attend the event – or any other public celebrations – save for a Thanksgiving service at St Paul’s Cathedral the previous day.
The pair have remained low-key throughout the four-day celebrations – but it seems their behind-the-scenes antics have caused some drama.
After the service, a body language expert told the Express that Mike Tindall could be seen avoiding chatting to Prince Harry
As the royals filed out, Zara could be seen alongside her husband, who was waiting at the exit to speak to those exiting the building.
Footage shows them then being approached by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, who chatted animatedly with the Queen’s granddaughter.
But her husband appears to be visibly avoiding speaking to Prince Harry and Meghan during the conversation as he strikes up a separate conversation with David Armstrong-Jones, Earl of Snowdon and the late Princess Margaret’s son.
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Prince Harry and Meghan then move away from the Duke’s cousin towards the steps of the cathedral, ignoring the ex-rugby union player.
Speaking to Express.co.uk after the service, body language expert Judi James suggested Mike’s bond with William may have caused the split.
She added: “Zara looks happy when she can have a conversation and even turns her back fully to speak here with Harry who looks anxious and ready to get into his own car.
“Mike, however, stays forward, looking around and holding up his order with an awkward look.
“He ends up speaking to Viscount Lindley, who turns his back on Harry and cuts off the two men from Zara’s conversation with Harry.”
Harry and Meghan were spotted through a window at Horse Guards Parade during the Trooping of the Color, but made no public appearances at the event.
Harry did not attend the Duke of Edinburgh’s memorial service with the rest of the royal family last month. His decision to stay away came amid his ongoing legal battle with the Home Office over his police security while in the UK.
Lawyers for Harry have said he “does not feel able to return home with his family” for security reasons.
Royal family wanted to ‘throw punches at Harry’
Mr Tindall has previously joked that members of the royal family would love to “throw a few punches” at the Duke of Sussex.
He made the comments during A Question of Sport Live at the London Palladium back in September 2021.
He was joined by former England rugby player Matt Dawson, who recounted a night out with Prince Harry and ex-team-mate Iain Balshaw in Sydney in 2003.
Royal expert Richard Eden said Balshaw and Tindall thought it would be “amusing to throw a few punches” at the prince to test how long Harry’s personal protection officers would take to intervene.
Mr Eden quipped: “A couple of seconds, it turns out.”
Mr Tindall said: “At Balmoral the family are now having the same conversation.”
He added: “Unless the Queen took his security away from him.”
Mike Tindall described the topic as a “no-go area” when asked about the departure of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to Canada.
In a podcast recorded after the Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced they were “stepping back” as senior royals, Zara Phillips’ husband was asked about the drama.
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He dodged the question, referring to his recent holiday in Australia with his wife and children.
Things cooled off when podcast host Alex Payne joked that it wasn’t the best time to take a break across the world as there was a lot going on at home “in The Firm”.
The ex-rugby star replied: “Let’s not talk about it.”
Asked if he was in touch with the Duke or Meghan before he flew to Canada, Mike said the sensitive issue was a “no-go area,” adding that he “knows nothing about it.” “.
He shares a close relationship with Prince William – with the couple who were recently spotted hugging at the Houghton House Horse Trials in Norfolk
You could see them conversing with Mike while the two men laughed and joked while Zara watched.
But their cheeky exchange didn’t last too long and before they knew it, they were giving each other a huge hug.
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