Zara Tindall news: Could Zara take on bigger royal role despite not having title?
Zara Tindall arrives at chapel for Prince Philip’s funeral
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Zara Tindall, 39, is Queen Elizabeth II’s eldest granddaughter and a much-loved member of the Royal Family. Her mother Princess Anne, 70, decided to raise both her children outside the royal bubble and so neither Zara nor her brother Peter Phillips have titles.
However, the monarchy has shrunk significantly in the past year or so as Prince Andrew was forced to withdraw from royal duties, and Meghan Markle, 39, and Prince Harry decided to quit the Fold.
Following Prince Philip’s death on April 9, the Royal Household is looking slimmer than ever and more members of the Windsor clan could be asked to play an active role going forward.
Earlier this month, one royal insider claimed future king Prince William, 38, had reached out to his cousin Zara and asked for her support with royal duties.
The source told New Idea, an Australian weekly magazine: “William is acutely aware that his own father has three siblings – well, two now that Prince Andrew has been stood down – to help shoulder the load of public engagements.”
They added: “But when Wills is Prince of Wales, he can no longer count on Prince Harry.
“In the meantime, he’s trying his darnedest to convince Zara Tindall to help him out.”
“Wills thinks Zara could be just the tonic to help solve his ‘staffing’ problem in the years to come – now he just has to convince her of that.”
Despite rumours, Zara could take on a more active royal role it seems unlikely given that she is a professional equestrian and has her own career outside of the Firm.
Zara is 19th in the line of succession and her low royal status and lack of official title mean she is highly unlikely to take on official duties.
Zara recently welcomed her third child, a boy called Lucas Philip to the world on March 21 and will be preoccupied with caring for him for now.
Following Philip’s funeral on Saturday, Zara’s husband Mike Tindall said the late Duke would have liked the “no-fuss” service.
Speaking on his podcast The Good The Bad and The Rugby, Mike said: “Look it’s been a difficult 10 days, and I look back on the day (and) I think as eerie as it was, with no crowds and the social distancing and the way everything was, I think it was the perfect day – how he would have liked it – if that makes any sense whatsoever.”
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He added: “No fuss, get on with it.”
William and Prince Charles, 72, are expecting to meet in the coming days in order to discuss the future of the monarchy following Philip’s death.
The late Duke of Edinburgh held hundreds of royal patronages and it will have to be decided how these may be distributed among working members of the Royal Family.
Zara and Mike live in Gloucestershire on Prince Anne’s Gatcombe Park Estate.
As well as baby Lucas, the couple have two daughters – Lena, two, and Mia, six.
While Zara and Mike are regulars at Royal Family gatherings they do not conduct official duties.
The Tindall family live a short distance from Princess Anne at Gatcombe House and understood to have been in a bubble with her throughout the pandemic.
Anne and Peter were among the select group of royals to walk behind Philip’s coffin on Saturday.
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