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Zara flies in to NZ for showdown with Tindall

Zara Phillips is preparing for the first face-to-face talks with husband Mike Tindall since his nightclub photographs controversy -- after travelling to New Zealand.

The Queen of England's granddaughter (30), made a surprise appearance at a charity event in Auckland yesterday and is expected to fly to Dunedin, where the England rugby squad is based, later today.

Rugby star Tindall (32) made newspaper headlines after CCTV footage emerged of him kissing and hugging a woman in a bar after his team's first World Cup match.

Sources said she was an "old friend" of Zara and her husband, who were married seven weeks ago.

Zara had always planned to fly out to support her husband and his teammates in the tournament, but there is speculation that she brought her plans forward for showdown talks.