Sunday 27 May 2018

Zara and Mike Tindall announce they're expecting second child after tragic miscarriage

Mike Tindall, Zara Tindell and their daughter Mia Tindall pose for a photograph during day three of The Big Feastival at Alex James' Farm on August 28, 2016 in Kingham, Oxfordshire. (Photo by Tim P. Whitby/Getty Images)
Mike Tindall, Zara Tindell and their daughter Mia Tindall pose for a photograph during day three of The Big Feastival at Alex James' Farm on August 28, 2016 in Kingham, Oxfordshire. (Photo by Tim P. Whitby/Getty Images)
Zara Phillips, the eldest granddaughter of Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, arrives for her wedding to England rugby player Mike Tindall at Canongate Kirk in Edinburgh, Scotland, on July 30, 2011. AFP PHOTO / BEN STANSALL
Mike Tindall and Zara Phillips at the ISPS Handa Mike Tindall 3rd annual celebrity golf classic at The Grove Hotel on May 8, 2015 in Hertford, England. (Photo by Eamonn M. McCormack/Getty Images)
Zara Phillips, daughter of Princess Anne, walks her dogs with her boyfriend Mike Tindall, who plays for the England rugby team at the Gatcombe Horse Trials, Glos August 8, 2004 in Tetbury, England. (Photo by Carl De Souza/Getty Images)
Zara Phillips, the daughter of The Princess Royal, arrives at Cheltenham Racecourse with her boyfriend Rugby player Mike Tindall during the first day of The Annual National Hunt Festival on March 15, 2005 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Julian Herbert/Getty Images)
Zara Phillips watches husband Mike Tindall during the Pro-Am prior to the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth on May 25, 2016 in Virginia Water, England. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
Zara Phillips and Mike Tindall attend the Magic Millions Raceday on January 14, 2017 in Gold Coast, Australia. (Photo by Jason O'Brien/Getty Images)
The Duke of Cambridge chases Mia Tindall, daughter of Mike and Zara Tindall, at the Gloucestershire Festival of Polo at Beaufort Polo Club in Tetbury, Gloucestershire
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)
Zara Tindall with daughter Mia (left) at the Gloucestershire Festival of Polo at Beaufort Polo Club in Tetbury, Gloucestershire
Zara Phillips and her husband Mike Tindall leave after a service of thanksgiving for Queen Elizabeth II's 90th birthday at St Paul's cathedral on June 10, 2016 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Stefan Rousseau - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Zara Phillips and daughter Mia Tindall (L) support husband Ex England rugby star Mike Tindall during 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 Mike Tindall attend the Rugby For Heroes Charity Gala Dinner at Twickenham Stadium on May 9, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart Wilson/Getty Images)
England rugby player Mike Tindall (L) and his new wife Britain's Zara Phillips, granddaughter of Queen Elizabeth II, leave after their wedding ceremony at Canongate Kirk in Edinburgh, Scotland, on July 30, 2011. AFP PHOTO / DYLAN MARTINEZ/POOL
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Zara and Mike Tindall have announced they're expecting their second child.

Zara, the granddaughter of Britain's Queen Elizabeth, wed former English rugby player Mike Tindall in 2011 and they have a daughter Mia together, who will turn four later this month. The couple were expecting again in 2016 and tragically lost their baby.

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)

A spokesperson for the pair announced that Zara is pregnant again.

Last month, the family celebrated the festive season with a trip to Australia. Mike is often

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)

They are often praised for their down-to-earth approach to parenting, shunning traditional royal behaviour with Mike previously divulging that he would not send any of their boarding school.

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.

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

England rugby player Mike Tindall (L) and his new wife Britain's Zara Phillips, granddaughter of Queen Elizabeth II, leave after their wedding ceremony at Canongate Kirk in Edinburgh, Scotland, on July 30, 2011. AFP PHOTO / DYLAN MARTINEZ/POOL
England rugby player Mike Tindall (L) and his new wife Britain's Zara Phillips, granddaughter of Queen Elizabeth II, leave after their wedding ceremony at Canongate Kirk in Edinburgh, Scotland, on July 30, 2011. AFP PHOTO / DYLAN MARTINEZ/POOL

"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."

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