Zara Tindall can send Mia back to school as Kate Middleton keeps George & Charlotte home

Zara Tindall watches as Lena gatecrashes Mike's podcast

Zara Tindall, 39, and husband Mike live in Gloucestershire with their two daughters Lena, two, and Mia, six. The couple are currently expecting their third child together and confirmed their exciting pregnancy news last month. Mia attends primary school near their Gatcombe Park home and will be able to return to school on Monday, unlike her royal cousins Prince George, seven, and Princess Charlotte, five.

Gloucestershire is currently under Tier 4 restrictions but unlike London, where primary schools will remain closed for a further two weeks to curb the spread of Covid-19, schools in Stroud are due to reopen for the start of the new term.

This means Zara and Mike will be able to send Mia back to school on Monday.

Prince George and Charlotte have been in Norfolk with their parents Prince William and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge and their little brother Prince Louis, two, for the Christmas holidays.

The Cambridges spent the first lockdown at their country home Anmer Hall and may choose to extend their stay there until schools in the capital reopen later this month.

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George and Charlotte are both pupils at private primary school Thomas’s Battersea which is expected to remain closed in keeping with Government guidance.

This means Kate and William face homeschooling George and Charlotte until they are able to return to the classroom.

During the first lockdown, Kate and William shared their homeschooling struggles during several candid interviews.

In one, Kate revealed how George was sometimes jealous of his little sister Charlotte’s homework.

The duchess told This Morning hosts Philip Schofield and Holly Willoughby: “George gets very upset because he wants to do Charlotte’s projects.

“Because making things like spider sandwiches is far cooler than doing literacy work!”

Dedicated parents Mike and Zara also opened up about the challenges of homeschooling during the first lockdown.

Speaking to the Telegraph in May, Mike revealed they intended to send Mia back to school as soon as they reopened.


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Mike said: “Zara still has hopes that the horses will get back, they still need training and working on, so I get to be a teacher in the mornings which is sometimes really nice, sometimes really frustrating.”

He added: “I don’t think any child is a great homeschooler because they definitely listen to other people better than they listen to their parents.

“[Mia] can be brilliant one minute and then something you’ve seen her do a thousand times she’ll just go ‘I don’t know how to do that’ and then you go ‘well I know you do’, and she’ll just say ‘no I don’t’ and then you get frustrated, and you’re trying not to get frustrated.”

Mike and Zara live a stone’s throw away from Zara’s mother Princess Anne, 70, and are likely to have spent Christmas Day with her at Gatcombe House.

While the couple have not revealed their due date, their baby is expected to arrive in spring.

Sharing their pregnancy news on his podcast The Good The Bad and The Rugby last month Mike revealed his wish for a son.

The former England rugby star said: “Z is very good, always careful because of things that have happened in the past, and really looking forward to it.”

He added: “I’d like a boy this time, I’ve got two girls, I would like a boy. I’ll love it whether a boy or a girl – but please be a boy.”

Last month, a source close to the couple told The Telegraph: “Zara is four months pregnant and they are absolutely delighted to share this news.”

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