Zara Phillips-Tindall wants to have a simple NHS birth, no nannies & a career


Zara Phillips (Zara Tindall!) is due to give birth any day now. Her due date is mid-January and my guess is that she will make it into the new year, but just barely. Zara – the daughter of the Princess Royal, Princess Anne – has already weathered a few storms in her marriage to Mike Tindall. He was caught being extra flirty with some random women just months into their marriage, and while their relationship has always seemed strong, the whole thing was pretty embarrassing for Zara. Still, she got knocked up and she’ll be giving birth to the Queen’s FOURTH great-grandchild. So how will it go down? The UK tabloids say it will be no muss, no fuss. Which… I mean, I think that’s the only way Princess Anne’s children do things:

Although the arrival of the Queen’s fourth great grandchild will be the first big royal event of 2014, Zara and husband Mike Tindall want their child to have as “normal” an upbringing as possible.

The baby will be 16th in line to the throne but, like Zara and her brother Peter, he or she will have no royal title.

Zara also wants to resume her equestrian career soon and will take the baby with her on the eventing circuit, without the support of nannies.

Zara, 32, is expected to give birth at the NHS Gloucester Royal Hospital, close to mother Princess Anne’s Gatcombe Park estate where she and Tindall live.

The baby is due on January 14 but friends said the couple wouldn’t be surprised if the boy or girl arrives earlier.

Heavily pregnant Zara accompanied the Queen to church at Sandringham on Christmas Day, riding with her in a car while the rest of the royals walked.

[From The Daily Express]

The Cloucester Royal Hospital is also where Zara’s sister-in-law Autumn gave birth to her two babies, apparently. It’s funny to me how Zara and Mike follow the same trajectory as Duchess Kate and Prince William, only several months later and super-casual. My guess is that when Zara gives birth, it will be fast and she’ll be out of the hospital within a few hours, and she and Mike will pose with the baby outside of the hospital, just like Will and Kate, but it will just seem… simpler. So much more low-key. Also: Zara and Mike don’t want to know the baby’s sex, apparently. I’m hoping they have a boy, just because I think their features will mix better on a boy. And yes, I’m sure Zara will be riding a horse again by Valentine’s Day.

Zara Phillips


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  1. Aims says:

    They seem way more chill about everything.

  2. Suze says:

    I’m sure she’ll accomplish that. She’s actually fairly far out of the limelight, and her kid will be even more so.

  3. MinnFinn says:

    “The whole thing was pretty embarrassing for Zara”. Oh please.

    Zara had no reason to feel embarrassed because she didn’t do anything questionable.

    Tindall was doing the flirty stuff and he is the only one who should feel embarrassed.

    • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

      I agree with you mostly, especially that he is the one who SHOULD feel embarrassed, but I can tell you from first hand experience that it’s not that simple. When your spouse does something that publicly reveals the frailties of your marriage, you do feel embarrassed, or I did, anyway. I’m a private person, and I felt very exposed. And I’m not famous, so it wasn’t in the paper and on the news. I think you would feel embarrassed even though you hadn’t done anything wrong.

    • LAK says:

      Zara has been around rugby guys long enough not to be embarrassed. What’s embarrassing is the papers going on and on about it and strangers insisting she should feel embarrassed.

      The first thing you should know about rugby guys is that they drink [a lot], sing rude songs and it invariably ends up naked and chatting up pretty girls who they have no intention of taking home. it’s a rugby cliche. At least the boys had their clothing on.

      It’s inexplicable if you know nothing about rugby culture, but it is harmless. It’s how they bond.

      I’d trust a drunk rugby BF, but i’d never trust a drunk football BF. *Their* antics are very rarely innocent.

  4. Bodhi says:

    NBD. I’m sure they can pull it off, no problem

  5. Ice Maiden says:

    About 75% of couples in the UK find out the sex of their baby before birth, so I’m guessing Zara and Mike know too, but just don’t want to share it with the paps.

  6. Frida_K says:

    She’s pretty and her face looks full of character. Aside from the cheating rumors, they make a fine-looking couple.

    Best wishes to them and their soon-to-be new baby.

    • Spooks says:

      Really? She looks quite rough to me. I don’t know anything about her though. And the husband is very odd looking too. Let’s hope they’ll have a boy.
      When I think about it, all Windsors are very unattractive. Even people who married into the family aren’t all that. Kate is the only pretty person I can think of ( and yes, I don’t think Diana was pretty).

      • bluhare says:

        Zara is pretty; those photos aren’t her best angles. I love her; she’s down to earth (or as down to earth as someone who’s granddaughter of a Queen with a huge trust fund can be) and I even like her husband. He’ll never be able to live those NZ antics down, but even his teammates say he’s just crazy about Zara. I believe it; sometimes he looks like he’s just won the lottery when he looks at her.

        I’ll admit it; I can fangirl about these two all day long.

      • Florc says:

        The BRF doesn’t have the best attractive features in their gene pool, but it could be far worse.
        And yes Kate is pretty/ Even moreso being surrounded by the Windsor genes, but she had a fair amount of work done. How she looks now won’t translate into their offspring and will be undone as she ages.

      • Suze says:

        Prince Philip was, in my opinion, by far the best looking person to marry into the Windsor clan (seriously, if you care at all, just Google a young Philip), followed by Kate and Diana, who have different coloring and features but are about equal on the looks scale.

        But again, it’s all subjective. I also think a young Queen Elizabeth was very pretty.

        Regardless of who marries in, all royal descendants seems to favor the Hanoverian features once they hit thirty, and those are the least attractive aspects of that family.

      • bluhare says:

        You’re so right, Suze. Philip was one good looking guy. Not surprised the Queen (no slouch herself in the waitying department) set her cap on him at age 13!

      • Philip is a crotchety, racist, old guy—but he was damn fine in his prime. He’s still good looking now. He’s got great bone structure. I saw pics of my ninety year old neighbor–he looked like James Dean, but with dark hair. It’s weird to think of him as hot–but he was.

        I thought Elizabeth was gorgeous too–she represents to me, not a showy kind of beauty, but classic. She doesn’t have any features that POP when you look at her–but she is beautiful. She’s cute now–I love her. I’m jealous of her jewels.

        You’d think their kids would be better looking though–but it could’ve been worse.

    • emmie_a says:

      Frida_K: I think Zara is very pretty. She has strong features but they’re still soft and feminine. She always looks so natural and effortless, which I love — And even more important, she looks like she has a great personality and can be lots of fun. I could be totally wrong since I don’t know anything about her – but she looks like someone you’d want to have at a party.

  7. Marigold says:

    So, who’ll watch the baby at the equestrian events? Just someone they won’t call a nanny but for all intents and purposes will be a nanny?

    What’s will all the guessing? She’ll barely make it to the new year and will have a quick delivery and exit the hospital within hours? That’s a lot of interesting predicting. These things can be neither predicted nor planned.

  8. Jacqueline says:

    There is no way she would be medically cleared to ride again at four weeks, or less, postpartum.

  9. rep says:

    Yeah, someone has to hold the b aby while she rides, give me a break.

  10. Kate says:

    At her mother Princess Anne’s request, Zara Phillips does not have a royal title, nor does she have a royal role. She is therefore not “Princess Zara.” She has to earn a living. It’s not really a matter of being low-key, casual or more ambitious than other royals; it’s a matter of necessity. (Not that she wouldn’t want a career and no nannies and a laid-back lifestyle – judging by her mother, she probably would – but it’s really not a matter of her choosing.) When she got married, rumors were abundant that she and Mike Tindall wanted to sell photos of their wedding for cash because they have to support themselves because, as non-royals, they don’t get support from taxpayers or the Queen. The Queen objected, and they deferred to her. They did not have a state wedding for that reason. There were no diplomats, heads of state, etc., at their wedding because it was a private wedding. Yes, she is well-connected and royal by blood, but she doesn’t have a title or royal duties. It’s similar with the York princesses. Beatrice and Eugenie have the title – “princess” – but they were told in no uncertain terms that they would not have an official royal role and would be expected to earn livings from private industry because they would get only limited financial support from the Palace. The Duke of York was supposedly quite heated about this when he was given the news. One of them is living in New York and working for an auction house and doing quite well career-wise, whereas the other had a promising start but then quit her job to vacation for a few months on her father’s dime. Maybe she’ll get it together again. In any case, I am a big fan of Zara Phillips. I think she’s a fantastic “modern royal.”

  11. G says:

    I see what you did there Zara! Remember when last year Kate had to stay with mom & dad over Christmas because she was so tired from carrying the baby? Zara got a car and drove, problem solved!!

  12. LadySlippers says:

    No fuss is one thing but making guess that includes going against medical advice is totally another.

    For example, the quick birth and exiting within a few hours? That’s not great medical advice and the US only does it to save money. It’s not common in the rest of the world to have drive by deliveries. In Japan, hospital stays run from 3-8 days depending in what type of delivery it was.

    And competing weeks after birth is probably not likely either. She has to get cleared from her physician to both ride and compete AND still get back into shape for competition. Her job is very physical and that will take a bit of time to build up (not years but more than a few weeks).

    I totally agree that Zara, like her mother, will go the no fuss route. But please don’t imply or insinuate anything about the medical or training portion after she delivers. I know it’s a gossip site but let’s not assume anything that has the potential to be harmful.

    ETA: My apologies as you only said riding by Valentine’s Day and not competing. Sorry as I misread that.

    • Seagulls says:

      Lots of women who have healthy vaginally births leave the hospital as soon as they can; there’s nothing really wrong with it. I don’t know about vaginal births, but I know people were in and out of my room three-five times a night after my c-section to check blood pressure, see if I wanted meds, draw blood, check the incision, plus all the noise at the hospital… Many women sleep a lot better at home, even with the recovery from birth and a newborn (many of whom sleep pretty well for the first few days). Had I not had a baby in the NICU, I would have gone home as fast as they would have let me.

  13. G says:

    BTW she is so far and away above this floozy husband. Busted and triflin’??!? (See: TLC, “no scrubs”)

  14. RobN says:

    It’s a lot more low key because they are nobodies in the Royal line. Easy to run your life the way you want when nobody really cares one way or the other. Not true for the future king and his immediate family.

    As for the no nanny thing, well unless they plan on leaving the little tyke alone in a hotel room while she pursues her career, then there will be a caretaker of some kind. Call it what you like.

  15. Mitch Buchanan Rocks! says:

    She could have the worlds first equestrian birth.

  16. P.J. says:

    I love Zara, but I’m sorry: Lifelong equestrian or not, there is NO WAY a woman is (literally!) getting back into the saddle a few short weeks after a vaginal birth no matter how much she might want to-even if she doesn’t end up having stitches. EEK. (Anyone who’s ever had a baby-or even those of us who haven’t-know that the womb itself, as well as the vadge, require at least six weeks of peaceful healing and that’s after a healthy birth…Bouncing around or even just sitting in a saddle is not very conducive to this.)

  17. Suze says:

    I’m not sure when the “nannies are a bad thing” theme came along, but it’s just stupid. Wealthy people of all kinds have nannies, royals have nannies, celebs have nannies and everyone should just admit it. It’s a bit insulting to pretend that a nanny doesn’t exist when you know the household will have lots of mother’s help – even if they aren’t specifically called “nanny”.

  18. Devon says:

    She looks great. She’s due 3 days before me and I feel like a beached whale!

  19. moptop says:

    Heh. No nannies, getting back on a horse on her way home from the hospital, birth is no big deal…
    Let’s don’t get ahead of ourselves here. I wanted four boys until that first labor pain hit. You have NO idea what has just hit you until you actually give birth!