Royal heartbreak: Why Zara Tindall’s wedding to Mike Tindall wasn’t supported by everyone

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Former rugby captain Mike Tindall’s dad, Philip Tindall, recently revealed why not everyone in his family was supportive of their wedding, which took place in 2011. Talking to The Sunday Times, the 73-year-old disclosed that Mike’s grandmother was “dead against” the pair’s marriage.

Mr Tindall said Mike’s grandmother was used to royals marrying other royals, and feared their union wouldn’t be well received.

He said: “Linda’s mum was dead against it.

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

Tragically, Mike’s grandmother passed away before she had the chance to meet Zara, but Philip revealed that the pair would have gotten along well.

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

Mike is incredibly close to his family, and has been campaigning to raise money for Parkinson’s disease over the past years, following his dad’s battle with it.

Most recently, the sportsman took part in the fundraising challenge, Raid Local, in aid of charity Cure Parkinson’s Trust, of which he is patron.

Mike shared a photo to his Instagram Stories on Sunday morning which showed him and a small group of friends on a charity bike ride.

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Mike captioned the picture: “And we are off #RaidLocal @cureparkinsonstrust.”

The father-of-two, and husband to Zara Tindall is taking part in the ambitious Raid Local cycle ride in aid of the charity Cure Parkinson’s Trust, of which he is Patron.

The challenge, is for a cause that has a very personal meaning behind it, as his own father has been battling Parkinson’s disease for 20 years.

Mike’s latest mission had to be adapted from a large group event due to the pandemic.

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The charity event will see over 100 cyclists around the world take on a jaw-dropping 3700m ascent that covers 137km.

In the afternoon, Mike posted a video updating his followers on his progress.

He said: “So we’ve just stopped, we are 85 km in, I believe we are somewhere around halfway of climbing.

“So hopefully we’ve now got to decide what we do, we’ve done the loop so we’ve got to decide whether we do the loop again or climb some hills or do something else…

“Hope everyone is doing well… Hope everyone who’s taking part is having fun.

“We are trying to keep it all socially distanced, and we’ve just stopped to refuel and then on the road again.

“Please donate if you can…”

In a video posted to his Instagram grid on Saturday, the Royal Family member discussed his dad’s diagnosis and explained more about why the fundraising effort was so important to him personally.

Mike said: “I don’t want to see another son or daughter have to go through what I’ve had to go through with my dad.

“My dad has had Parkinson’s for 20 years and I’ve watched a strong purposeful role model slowly be eaten away by this disease.

“I probably didn’t give it enough respect when he told me he had it… I seriously regret that now.”

During the coronavirus pandemic, Mike and Zara have been isolating at their home in Gloucestershire with their young daughters, Mia, six, and Lena, two.

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