Zara Tindall gave birth to her third child, son Lucas Philip Tindall

Mike and Zara Tindall arriving for the Xmas Day service at Sandringham Church, 25th December, 2018.

I kept forgetting about Pippa Middleton’s pregnancy (she gave birth to a girl last week) and I kept forgetting about Zara Tindall’s pregnancy. Mike Tindall announced they were expecting back in December on his podcast, and he seemed thrilled about it. Another Covid baby, it seems, and perhaps their last shot at “getting the boy” after two daughters, Mia and Lena. Well, they got the boy!

Congratulations are in order for Zara Tindall and her husband Mike. The couple have welcomed their third child together – a bouncing baby boy.

A spokeswoman for the couple confirmed on Wednesday: “Zara and Mike Tindall are happy to announce the birth of their third child, Lucas Philip Tindall.” The baby was born at the couple’s home in Gatcombe Park on Sunday 21 March, weighing 8lbs 4oz.

Zara, who is the Queen’s eldest granddaughter, and her husband Mike are already the proud parents to two daughters – their firstborn Mia, who is seven, and Lena, who turns three in mid-June.

The former England rugby player, 42, had previously revealed he would like to have a boy. In December, he announced his wife’s pregnancy on his podcast The Good, The Bad & The Rugby, telling his co-hosts James Haskell and Alex Payne: “It’s been a good week for me, had a little scan last week – third Tindall on its way. 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!”

[From Hello]

It should be noted that despite the blokey energy of “please be a boy,” Mike seemed to love being a “girl dad” and I’m sure he would have been fine with three girls. Still, I’m happy that they got their boy. Lucas Philip… the middle name is for Zara’s grandfather (and the child’s great-grandfather). I wonder if Lucas has a family connection (perhaps to Mike’s family) or if it was just a name they liked? Mia, Lena and Lucas… cute names, more on the trendy side rather than Victorian/Edwardian royal side. Befitting the children of the “commoner” granddaughter of the Queen.

As for Zara’s home birth, at first I was surprised because of her age (she’s a few months shy of 40) and her history of difficult pregnancies, miscarriages and tough childbirths. Her girls were born in a hospital! But as it turns out, Zara went into labor at home and everything happened really quickly, and they knew they wouldn’t have time to make it to the hospital. Tindall said as much on his podcast today:

“[The baby] arrived very quickly, didn’t make it to hospital, on the bathroom floor. Fortunately Zara’s friend, Dolly, is actually more important than I am at making sure…she’s been at every three of my children’s births. She was there and recognised that we wouldn’t have got to the hospital in time. So it was running to the gym, get a mat, get into the bathroom, get the mat on the floor, towels down, brace, brace, brace. Fortunately, the midwife who was going to meet us at the hospital wasn’t that far away. So she drove up, got there just as we’d assumed the position. The second the midwife arrived was just after the head arrived.”

[From The Daily Express]

Wow! That sounds chaotic but I’m glad that there were no complications and Zara and Lucas are doing well.

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  1. Elizabeth Regina says:

    I wish Zara and the baby well and I’m glad she and her douchy husband finally have a boy. But I can’t imagine if another royal and his biracial one had given us so much detail about the birth of any of her children. Words like attention seeking will be the least vile words bandied around. And yes, I am very very petty.

    • Tessa says:

      Maybe he just should have said it was great the baby is healthy. The “finally” having the boy may not have been something his daughters would want to hear. ANd I notice that Zara is not accused of “upstaging” Eugenie by giving the child the middle name Philip like Eugenie did for Little August.

    • NiqGee says:

      You’re not wrong though

  2. Commonwealthy says:

    I wonder if Baby Girl Sussex will also have Phillip’s name… Frances Philippa? Philippa Frances? Frankie Philippa? None of these?

    • Chrissy (The Original) says:

      Frances I could see but I doubt Philippa is in contention. Pippa would milk that for all it’s worth.

    • Sofia says:

      I’ve said an alternative to Frances could be Francesca if they wanted to honour Diana without using Diana and put a twist on Frances without using Frances

    • Yoyo says:

      A poster yesterday named the Sussex baby Ariel.

    • Becks1 says:

      It definitely wont be Philippa, I dont think it would be regardless but they are going to skip that Middleton connection lol.

    • Amy Bee says:

      I’m guessing, like Archie, there will be no royal names except the last name.

    • Queen Meghan’s Hand says:

      I’m gunning for Doria Diana!

      • (The OG) Jan90067 says:

        I’d like a combo: Doriana Frances. Dori for short? Or Frances Doriana, and Frankie for short. But that’s Drew Barrymore’s daughter… they may not want to go there.

      • Lex says:

        That will never happen.

  3. Lily P says:

    Ah sweet, congrats to them. I met her whilst working at a horse trials event and she was lovely – very grounded and her girls were super polite. Peter and Autumn not so much – very sunglasses inside no eye contact kind of vibe

  4. Sofia says:

    Congrats to them. Lucas could have just been a name they liked (can’t see a direct family connection from a quick google search). Hope the family is doing well.

  5. tcbc says:

    I don’t care how excusable his “blokey” his energy is supposed to be, he’s a d-bag. Why is it that when any famous mother makes a comment that could possibly be interpreted slightly negatively if read by her children when older, commenters jump all over her? Yet this guy saying that he would prefer a boy is not supposed to hurt the feelings of his two existing daughters? Lucky for everyone that the scans weren’t wrong.

    Ugh, I hate him. He has a fratty vibe which some women will always ignore, and then act surprised when he does something fratty like cheat on her or look the other way when his friends do or say something particularly vile about women.

    • Tiffany says:

      That is how I feel about Zara. So they are perfect for one another.

    • FancyPants says:

      Amen, tcbc! Never forget he was caught on camera cheating on Zara barely a month after their wedding!

    • Tessa says:

      Makes me wonder if he would have expressed disappointment if the child were a girl and they’d try again.

  6. Cecilia says:

    Lol, i forgot she was pregnant. Anyway congrats to them and i wish mother and baby well.

  7. Becks1 says:

    Wow, that sounds like quite the birth story! And more details than we usually get when it comes to births in that family, lol.

    Like the name, but I think Zara and mike have picked good names for all their kids.

  8. Soupie says:

    Eh. She lost me with her douchey facial antics during H&M’s wedding. Very disrespectful to them and the officiant.

    • SMS says:

      She was 8 months pregnant and caught saying she had to wee. I’m sure she was very uncomfortable and wouldn’t read much more into it. Not everything is about Meghan.

      • Nic919 says:

        The timing of her grimaces happened during the sermon made by the black bishop, along with other people from that side of the family doing similar faces. Perhaps she was uncomfortable and that’s why she was doing this, but the rest of the them like Beatrice and Kate didn’t have that excuse.

        Besides it’s not about Meghan but the royals showing their ignorance about cultures that aren’t the aristo white uptight class. This American bishop was the head of the Episcopalian church, which is the US version of being Anglican, and as such he deserved their respect and they would never have dared to do this to the Archbishop of Canterbury. They looked like ignorant racists when they dared to act this way and show disdain in a place of worship.
        Not only did Meghan deserve more respect but so did the bishop.

      • Lemons says:

        Look, I’ve grown up in Black churches, and bishops’ sermons often run too long with tangents in between. He spoke too long, but as an adult knowing cameras were on me, I would have kept my cool even if I would have wished desperately to be on my phone or catching up on some work.

        I’m not a religious person, but it is what it is!

        That being said, I found their expressions vile, rude and unbecoming of anyone with an ounce of class. But as history shows, royals are quite ignorant, spoiled, and likely have no true sense of manners or etiquette. Just antiquated protocol.

      • Valiantly Varnished says:

        Nope. She was making faces THROUGHOUT and especially during the Bishop’s sermon. She’s just as elitist and snobby as her relatives.

      • Mac says:

        The bishop has a name, it’s Michael Curry.

    • Itsme says:

      YES!! When I saw her mouth hanging open during the Archbishop’s Sermon, mocking him, (which almost all the royal ladies (use that term very loosely) seemed to have partaken in. “Royal” my ass.🤬🤬🤬 They acted like they were all raised in barns. They should’ve been rightly ashamed of themselves. No manners, no grace, no freaking common courtesy.

  9. ABritGuest says:

    Congrats to them & nice that they got a little boy. I like the name Lucas. Hope they are doing well.

  10. Yoyo says:

    I think he and his wife are both douches.
    At least she is not flying to Australia to bring his cheating arse back to England.
    What a graphic description of his child’s birth and then the BRF want to talk about class.

    • Lemons says:

      I don’t find him recounting his child’s birth graphic. Why is it a taboo subject?

      • Hell Nah! says:

        I don’t find his telling how his baby’s birth went down “graphic” (although it is a lot more detailed than we are used to from royal quarters) nor do I find it offensive that he wished to have a boy. After two daughters, he hoped for a boy. Sue him? He said he would love whatever sex the baby turned out to be so where’s the scandal here? But you did say you don’t think much of him so…that could be a factor.

    • BayTampaBay says:

      “I think he and his wife are both douches.”

      So are Andrew and Fergie but they seem to have been very good parents as Beatrice and Eugenie seem to be well adjusted women for all they gone through which is quite a bit IMHO.

      I completely believe that Zara and Mike are good parents.

  11. PrincessMe says:

    I don’t know anything about Mike (my brain chooses not to retain any information about him), so he may be an a-hole. I just don’t see how wanting a boy this time makes him an a-hole or will hurt his existing children. He didn’t say he’s only wanted boys, he said this time around he would like to have a boy.
    My first was a boy, so when I got pregnant with our second, I had a preference. Actually, I went back and forth on what I’d “prefer”. At first, I thought it would be nice to have 2 boys (it would make sharing space for a longer time less of a concern, for example). Then, I started thinking it would be really nice to have a girl – I’ve of each and done.
    Either way, I would have been happy, but people imagine what it’ll be like to have one or the other and it’s OK to express that. All that matters is that you show your children that you love them when they do get here.

    • Horse Marine says:

      Very reasonable take. I agree with you.

    • Lauren says:

      Yeah, I have 2 boys, and if I have a third, I will hope it’s a girl. My eldest son hopes so, too, because he wants to have both a brother and a sister.

  12. Deanne says:

    Phillip is also the name of Mike’s Father.

  13. Other Renee says:

    I bet most people have a preference especially on their second and third etc kids. They just lie about it and say, “I don’t care as long as it’s healthy.” It’s perfectly natural for a man with two daughters to want the experience of having a boy. He’s just being more honest than most. I really wanted a girl. I would have loved the child just as much had it been a boy of course! But I knew nothing about kids and thought it might be a little easier to start with a girl because I would be able to relate to her better. I got a girl. And yes I’m glad about it.

    • Lady D says:

      When I found out I was pregnant, I thought okay, I would like a little boy with black hair and blue eyes. I’m blonde, dad was black-haired and we both have blue eyes. I got a little boy with black hair and blue eyes! The black hair fell out six weeks later and came in brown, and his eyes changed from blue to brown with flecks of green. I ended up with one out of the three requests.

  14. candy says:

    Also honors her maiden name, Phillips. My in laws name everyone, including dogs, using maiden names lol.

  15. MerlinsMom1018 says:

    MerlinsDad was always gunning for a boy, but each time (3 in all) he was told “GIRL!!” he was over the moon and loved and still to this day, loves being a Girl Dad.
    I have no problems with what he said.

  16. Izzy says:

    How DARE they not do an immediate photocall!! *stamps feet, glares in rota*

  17. Delphine says:

    I wanted a girl my whole life. I actually cried for an hour after the ultrasound when I found out he was a boy. That was the last time it ever mattered to me. You get what you get and you love them.