I'm A Celeb: Mike Tindall gets emotional over letter from Zara
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Mike Tindall is currently taking part in ITV’s hit show I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! The royal and former rugby pro is the first person in the Royal Family to be signed to the show, but he can take part as a non-working member of the Firm.
Why has Mike Tindall not got a royal title?
Mike Tindall married Zara Phillips in 2011 at Canongate Kirk in Edinburgh after several years of dating.
Traditionally, some senior members of the Royal Family are granted a new royal title by the monarch to mark their marriage.
However, no titles were forthcoming for Mike as he married an untitled member of the Royal Family.
Although Zara is the late Queen’s eldest granddaughter, she was born Miss Zara Phillips due to the George V convention regarding royal titles.
The convention, set in 1917 by King George V, stipulates that “the children of any Sovereign of the United Kingdom and the children of the sons of any such Sovereign and the eldest living son of the eldest son of the Prince of Wales” are eligible for Prince or Princess titles and HRH status.
As Zara and her elder brother Peter Phillips were born to Princess Anne, the Queen’s daughter, they were not eligible for titles.
The Queen reportedly offered Anne titles for both her children but she turned them down, instead wishing for them to live normal lives away from the royal spotlight.
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As an accomplished equestrian, Zara has spoken warmly about her parents’ decision not to give her a royal title.
She told The Times in 2015: “I’m very lucky that both my parents decided to not use the title and we grew up and did all the things that gave us the opportunity to do.”
As Zara and Mike have no royal titles, their three children Mia, Lena and Lucas Tindall are all without titles too despite being the late Queen’s great-grandchildren.
Mike does have an MBE from the Queen, however, which he received in 2003.
Why do some royal spouses have titles?
Traditionally senior members of the Royal Family may receive a new title when they marry, as was the case for the Queen’s sons Prince Andrew, Duke of York and Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex.
Kate, Princess of Wales took on the equivalent of Prince William’s Duke of Cambridge title after they married in 2011, and the Queen granted William the title as a working royal. William is also high in the line of succession as a future King.
Kate became the Princess of Wales after King Charles created the title for his elder son and heir in September 2022 as the Prince of Wales title has been used for centuries.
Similarly, Prince Harry received the Duke of Sussex title from the Queen to mark his marriage to Meghan Markle in 2018.
Harry was a working member of the Royal Family at the time, and Meghan became a working royal for a short time after marriage before the couple jointly stepped down in March 2020.
But several of the spouses of the Queen’s grandchildren were not given royal titles when they married into the Royal Family, including Princess Eugenie’s husband Jack Brooksbank.
Peter Phillips’ now ex-wife Autumn didn’t receive a royal title when they married in 2008, nor did Princess Beatrice’s husband Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi when they tied the knot in 2020.
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