Monday 11 December 2017

Mike Tindall bucks royal tradition and won't send daughter Mia away to boarding school

Zara Phillips and daughter Mia Tindall pose for a photograph after husband Ex England rugby star Mike Tindall finished the grueling Artemis Great Kindrochit Quadrathlon in Loch Tay Scotland on July 11, 2015 in Aberfeldy, Scotland. (Photo by Nigel Roddis/Getty Images for Artemis Quadrathlon)
Zara Phillips and daughter Mia Tindall pose for a photograph after husband Ex England rugby star Mike Tindall finished the grueling Artemis Great Kindrochit Quadrathlon in Loch Tay Scotland on July 11, 2015 in Aberfeldy, Scotland. (Photo by Nigel Roddis/Getty Images for Artemis Quadrathlon)
Mike Tindall holds daughter Mia as wife Zara performs in the Dressage Event during Day Three of the Badminton Horse Trials on May 6, 2016 in Badminton, Gloucestershire. (Photo by Harry Trump/Getty Images)
Mike Tindall carries daughter Mia Tindall (holding a riding crop) on his shoulders after watching Zara Tindall compete in the cross country phase of the Badminton Horse Trials on May 7, 2016 in Badminton, England. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)
Royal portrait by US photographer Annie Liebovitz shows Queen Elizabeth with her two grandchildren, James, Viscount Severn (left) and Lady Louise (second left) and her five great-grandchildren Mia Tindall (holding handbag), Savannah Philipps (third right), Isla Phillips (right), Prince George (second right) and Princess Charlotte (centre) in the Green Drawing room at Windsor Castle Photo: AFP PHOTO / 2016 ANNIE LIEBOVITZ
25. Kate Middleton, Prince William, Prince George and Princess Charlotte in their 2015 Christmas card.
Mia Tindall yawns as she rides on her father Mike Tindall's shoulders as they attend the Gatcombe Horse Trails at Gatcombe Park, Minchinhampton on March 26, 2016 in Stroud, England. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)
Caitlin McBride

Caitlin McBride

Former rugby star Mike Tindall and wife Zara Martin will be forging their own path in refusing to send their daughter to boarding school.

While Zara's cousin Prince William and wife Kate Middleton are transforming the role of the modern monarchy by raising their children at Amner Hall, Tindall is hoping for a similarly trailblazing approach when it comes to raising his pride and joy.

It's common practice for members of the royal family to attend prestigious boarding schools, but Tindall said he'd prefer for her to follow in his footsteps as a day student at a private school.

"I'm certainly not keen on sending Mia away to a boarding school at the other end of the country," he told the Daily Mail.

Mia Tindall yawns as she rides on her father Mike Tindall's shoulders as they attend the Gatcombe Horse Trails at Gatcombe Park, Minchinhampton on March 26, 2016 in Stroud, England. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)
Mia Tindall yawns as she rides on her father Mike Tindall's shoulders as they attend the Gatcombe Horse Trails at Gatcombe Park, Minchinhampton on March 26, 2016 in Stroud, England. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)

Mike, who was a day student at a private school in Wakefield, England, as a child, would prefer Mia to follow a similar path.

"I know many people who say boarding was the making of them because they forged great independence from their parents, but I don’t really want her to be distanced from us.

"Personally, I'd rather she attend a school that's nearby, where we'll always be on hand if she needs us," he said. "Anything else goes against my instincts."

Mia's second cousin Prince George is enrolled in local Montessori school in Norfolk and while the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are said to be eyeing up potential schools for him and younger sister Prince George, it's unclear if and when they will attend.

Mike Tindall carries daughter Mia Tindall (holding a riding crop) on his shoulders after watching Zara Tindall compete in the cross country phase of the Badminton Horse Trials on May 7, 2016 in Badminton, England. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)
Mike Tindall carries daughter Mia Tindall (holding a riding crop) on his shoulders after watching Zara Tindall compete in the cross country phase of the Badminton Horse Trials on May 7, 2016 in Badminton, England. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)

Prince William attended Ludgrove School when he was eight years old.

Meanwhile, Kate and William are said to be planning on adding a third child to their brood sooner rather than later.

In a profile by Vanity Fair, sources told the publication, “They want at least three kids and for them to be close in age.”

The couple are based in their country estate Amner Hall and travel to their apartment at Kensington Palace for overnight stays and royal business in London, but intend on living there until they are called up to duty.

Royal portrait by US photographer Annie Liebovitz shows Queen Elizabeth with her two grandchildren, James, Viscount Severn (left) and Lady Louise (second left) and her five great-grandchildren Mia Tindall (holding handbag), Savannah Philipps (third right), Isla Phillips (right), Prince George (second right) and Princess Charlotte (centre) in the Green Drawing room at Windsor Castle Photo: AFP PHOTO / 2016 ANNIE LIEBOVITZ
Royal portrait by US photographer Annie Liebovitz shows Queen Elizabeth with her two grandchildren, James, Viscount Severn (left) and Lady Louise (second left) and her five great-grandchildren Mia Tindall (holding handbag), Savannah Philipps (third right), Isla Phillips (right), Prince George (second right) and Princess Charlotte (centre) in the Green Drawing room at Windsor Castle Photo: AFP PHOTO / 2016 ANNIE LIEBOVITZ

"It’s no secret that William doesn’t like the media intrusion into his life, and in the country he can escape,” a family friend told the mag.

“The Queen and the Prince of Wales have given their blessing for William to live this life, and William is very grateful. It’s enabling him and Kate to raise their family in a way that’s as close to ordinary as they can get.”

“William doesn’t want George and Charlotte going through some of the experiences he went through growing up. Everything he does regarding his family is very deliberate.”

25. Kate Middleton, Prince William, Prince George and Princess Charlotte in their 2015 Christmas card.
25. Kate Middleton, Prince William, Prince George and Princess Charlotte in their 2015 Christmas card.

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