Zara Tindall’s relative worried wedding to Mike would be ‘shunned’

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There was one soon-to-be relative of Zara’s who would have been unhappy with the match, quite surprisingly. Mike Tindall’s father told The Sunday Times that his wife’s mother would not have been happy with the wedding.

In fact, she had feared the wedding would be shunned by the public.

“Linda’s mum was dead against it,” Philip Tindall said.

“In her day, royalty married royalty and she thought the wedding would be shunned.”

Of course, another very famous non-royal married into the Royal Family just months before Zara, Kate Middleton.

Sadly, Mike’s grandmother did not live to see the wedding.

Philip said of Zara: “I know she’d have loved her as much as we do because she and Mike are perfect for each other.”

Royal marriages to so-called “commoners” are quite rare but have become more normal in the 21st century.

This is for a number of reasons, including more relaxed ideas about calls.

It is also likely to be because of strengthening taboos about marrying relations.

Most royals are more closely related than the rest of the population.

Marrying a first cousin used to be the norm in Western society, though ideas about this have changed considerably.

The first known case of a royal marrying a member of the public ever was in Egypt. Pharaoh Amenhotep III married Tiye in 14th century BC.

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The first example in the British Royal Family was maybe the most scandalous. Prince Edward married Wallis Simpson in 1937.

However, many more followed suit. The Queen’s wife Princess Margaret married Antony Armstrong-Jones.

Princess Anne, the Queen’s daughter married two non-royals, first Mark Phillips and then Timothy Laurence.

Sarah Duchess of York, Sophie Countess of Wessex and Camilla Duchess of Cornwall are all former non-royals.

The same goes for Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle and Princess Eugenie’s husband Jack Brooksbank.

These kinds of marriages were known as morganatic marriages, or a marriage between people of unequal social rank when titles were not passed on to the other held.

This was outlawed in the UK as early as the 17th century, however, it was suggested in the case of Edward and Wallis Simpson because a divorced American was considered to be such an unacceptable match for a king.

The Prime Minister at the time Stanley Baldwin suggested a morganatic marriage whereby Wallis would be given a courtesy title. This was rejected by Edward who then, famously, abdicated.

Edward wished to broadcast a speech in which he would say: “Neither Mrs. Simpson nor I have ever sought to insist that she should be queen. All we desired was that our married happiness should carry with it a proper title and dignity for her, befitting my wife.”

However, this was blocked by Cabinet and the Prime Minister.

Zara Tindall’s wedding took place on 30 July 2011 in Edinburgh at the Canongate Kirk. 

For it, Zara wore a whopping £4 million worth of jewellery.

Deborah Papas, gemmologist and jewellery expert from Prestige Pawnbrokers of Channel 4’s Posh Pawn told Zara’s tiara was borrowed from Princess Anne.

She added: “It is not known how much the tiara is worth, but Papas estimates it to be worth over £1 million and if it is a Cartier piece, it could be as much as £2 – £4 million.”

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