Zara Tindall has opened up about feeling “mummy guilt” and struggling to get her body back after welcoming three children in a candid interview with husband Mike.
The former rugby ace, 44, sat down with his wife, 40, for a new YouTube series called ‘Mike Drop’ in conjunction with horse racing event Magic Millions in Australia.
In an interview that was shared last night, the Olympic rider appeared emotional as she spoke about her sporting career, her relationship with horses and struggles with motherhood, discussing her experience of miscarriage.
She explained that she struggled to return to horse riding after having her children, Mia, eight, Lena, five, and Lucas, 18 months, saying: ‘I struggled put it back. Mentally, you feel guilty as a mother leaving her child to go and do something else.
Zara Tindall, 40, has opened up about feeling ‘mum guilt’ and struggling to get her body back after welcoming three children in a candid interview with husband Mike, 44,
In the wide-ranging interview, she revealed how, after having her eldest daughter Mia in 2014, she was determined to return to horse riding.
She told Mike: ‘After I had Mia I felt like my goal was to get back on a horse, I want to come back.
“I had a good horse to come back to for your trust and I was trying to – I wanted to come back for him as well. Trying to have a goal is probably something I always need.
“I always need goals in my life and I set many goals in my life all the time.”
In an interview that was shared last night, the Olympic athlete appeared emotional as she spoke about her sporting career, her relationship with horses and her struggles with motherhood, discussing her experience of miscarriage.
However, she said she struggled, saying, “It was hard to get your body back when you’ve been riding for 25 years, and then your body just doesn’t do it.”
‘Your muscles [are] doing nothing and stretching out and creating an amazing thing but that’s completely different.
“Trying to get your body back to where it was, I found, was hard work.”
Meanwhile, she acknowledged how the couple had balanced Zara’s career with life as new parents, adding: ‘Mia was in on the game with us too.
“She was very drawn to shows – it was easier when we had one.”
She explained that she struggled to return to horse riding after having her children, Mia, eight, Lena, five, and Lucas, 18 months.
However, Zara also discussed ‘mum guilt’, telling Mike: ‘I had to call you every day to make sure you were doing the right thing.
“You feel guilty. I felt guilty all the time. Even just going for a ride. I just thought it was an aspect of my life now.
Mike then opened up about the couple’s miscarriage experience, which Zara has spoken about on several occasions.
He said: “Seven years with kids, your riding was intermittent, we lost a baby along the way, you had to stop riding before that and missed another chunk of time.
During the interview, Zara said she hopes her riding career has helped her become a better mother.
Meanwhile, Mike briefly touched on the couples experience of losing a baby, asking if she felt she had given her athletic career “everything she wanted to give” during the period.
‘Did you feel during that time, you gave him everything you wanted to give him?’
Zara replied: “There are probably times when I would look back and I shouldn’t have gone to certain places, but I think I was lucky, I had tournaments and I been to the Olympics and I’ve been to the world championships and won.”
“The things I missed – were due to another big chapter in my life and I’m very lucky to be able to make them work alongside each other.
“I’m lucky that our sport can do both and still ride at the top. It’s been a huge motivation for me and hopefully it will make me a better mother.
Zara and Mike have three children, Mia, Lena and Lucas, who regularly go to horse shows where they watch their mother compete (pictured last year)
“They can experience it with us and with me and all those characteristics of life and competitive life – they will benefit from it as well.”
Elsewhere in the 30-minute interview, Zara talks about how she grew up around horses, her parents enjoy riding, as well as her growing emotionality when discussing her relationship with animals.
Zara said she felt “really lucky” to have been introduced to the sport because Princess Anne and Mark Philips were driving around saying, “If we weren’t in the house, we were in the yard.”
Meanwhile, she and Mike also debated who the most successful athlete was, before Zara revealed she still hopes to win Olympic gold in the future.
Zara said she hopes her three children will ‘live’ the world of competitive sport with her and Mike and that they ‘will enjoy it too’ (pictured April 2022)
The interview also saw the couple discuss the Magic Millions horse race, which they attend every year in Australia.
Zara was announced as Magic Millions Racing’s first female ambassador in 2012, and now travels to Surfers Paradise in Queensland every year for the Gold Coast Yearling Sale, a seven-day auction that culminates in the big race meeting of this weekend where all of the contenders are horses purchased at previous Magic Millions auctions.
“This is an ongoing partnership that sees Zara attend events each year to present prizes to the winners,” Mischa Jolin, Managing Director of Influencer, PR and Branding Agency, Edencancan previously told Femail.
“She is an integral part of the brand that empowers women in the equestrian field. I expect this partnership to be worth around £125,000 a year.
Meanwhile, Mike’s latest YouTube series arrives on the heels of his appearance on I’m a Celebrity.
Meanwhile, she and Mike also debated who the most successful athlete was, before Zara revealed she still hopes to win Olympic gold in the future (pictured, winning Olympic silver in 2012)
Pop culture and branding expert Nick Ede previously told FEMAIL the royal is likely to earn up to £150,000 for his role in the controversial series.
The brand expert added that appearing on the show could be a great move for the “Tindall brand”, noting that while he could earn a significant salary, “the show’s true value is what you do afterwards”.
He told FEMAIL: “Whether he gets a starring role as a sports pundit, a panelist or a show host who knows, but for the ‘Tindall brand’ it’s a big step up and will grow tenfold. its celebrity capital.All eyes will be on Mike this year.
Earlier this month, the pair put on a beloved display at the race event in Queensland, Australia.
After a turbulent few weeks for the Royal Family following Prince Harry’s memoir, Princess Anne’s daughter, 41, and her husband, 44, couldn’t have been more carefree as they kissed for cameras.
The parents of three are currently on holiday on the Gold Coast. Mike, the star of I’m a Celebrity, shares many snaps from the trip on Instagram.
Although Mike and Zara have no official duties, they are regulars at royal family events, such as church services and milestones like the Jubilee.
Supporting husband Mike, who often spoke highly of the late Queen, was also present at Her Majesty’s funeral in September.
Mike is considered a much-loved member of the royal family, with the rugby ace always enthusiastically greeting members of Zara’s family at events together.