Princess Anne’s brutal request of Mike Tindall after rugby teammates mocked royal

Zara and Mike Tindall: Expert on ‘breaking royal protocol’

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Mike Tindall and his wife Zara Tindall welcomed their third child, Lucas Phillip Tindall on March 21, at their home in Gatcombe Park. Baby Lucas was delivered at the family home and he is the couple’s first son – they also have two daughters, seven-year-old Mia Grace and Lena Elizabeth aged two. Outside of family life, Mike used to play rugby and even helped England to win the 2003 Rugby World Cup. His love for the sport also came with some injuries and sadly Mike’s nose was subject to being broken more than fives times during his career and before he married Zara in 2011.

Mike’s nose leaned to the left and was apparently so damaged that he was mocked by his teammates who referred to Mike’s nose as being “a relief map of the Pennines”.

However, when the fun and jokes were put to the side, a more brutally honest mother-in-law decided that she did not want Mike’s nose to ruin her daughter’s wedding pictures. 

According to royal insiders, Princess Anne was so concerned about how Mike’s nose would affect Zara’s most important day that she offered to pay for Mike to have his nose fixed.

At the time when asked about his nose Mike said: “I guess it’s something similar to a pug.

“The problem is that if I get it done, will people say I’ve had it just because I’m doing TV stuff now? 

“Because it’s definitely not.”

According to sources, Mike declined Anne’s request because he was preparing for a rugby match and worried his nose would break again.

Mike retired from rugby in 2015, and by 2018, royal fans started to notice that Mike’s nose no longer resembled the “relief map of the Pennines”.

He confirmed that he had undergone surgery to fix his nose but it is still unknown as to who paid for it.

Mike explained: “I was getting a lot of headaches and my sinuses were fully shut so he had to drill me some new ones so it needed to be done.

“Not even the Royal Family noticed the difference.

“I would say that I did have it done six weeks before anyone actually noticed, in terms of media-wise.

“It’s been fine, exactly the reaction I wanted.”

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Last year, Mike appeared on the BBC’s “I’ll Get This” where he openly spoke about the surgery procedure.

He said it was a necessity and that he now has a “great nose” that was made from his “rib cartilage”.

He was just five years old when he broke his nose for the first time and also had a minor accident when he was in a dodgem car.

He ended up headbutting the steering wheel after the seat belt came loose, smashing his nose into the vehicle.

His wife, Zara, recently took baby Lucas out for the first time but avoided revealing his face to the cameras in a bid to avoid outshining Princess Charlotte – who was celebrating her sixth birthday.

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