Queen Elizabeth’s grandson-in-law Mike Tindall says wife Zara’s bathroom birth ‘wasn’t what we were expecting’

Mike Tindall welcomed a baby boy named Lucas on March 21st in the most unexpected way.

The 42-year-old, who is married to Queen Elizabeth II’s granddaughter Zara Tindall, previously revealed on his “The Good, The Bad & The Rugby” podcast that his son was born at home on the bathroom floor.

“A little baby boy arrived at my house,” he told the outlet. “So, it was run into the gym, get a mat, get into the bathroom, get a mat on the floor, towels down, ‘brace-brace-brace.’”

On Friday, the former rugby player clarified to “Good Morning Britain” that he didn’t personally deliver Princess Anne’s fifth grandchild.

QUEEN ELIZABETH’S GRANDDAUGHTER ZARA TINDALL GIVES BIRTH IN HOME BATHROOM TO THIRD CHILD

“Fortunately the midwife got there in time so I didn’t have to go down to the area… the downside… the wrong end. I got to stay at the top end and be supportive,” said Tindall.

“Sorry, the ‘business end’ would have been a far better way of describing it!” he shared. “It wasn’t what we were expecting, but Zara’s best friend Dolly, who is a maternity nurse, was there and had the situation in control. And then the midwife arrived, which made me breathe a sigh of relief that I could just be chatting to Zara and trying to get her through it.”

Lucas is the couple’s only son. They share two daughters, 7-year-old Mia and 2-year-old Lena.

ZARA TINDALL, QUEEN ELIZABETH’S GRANDDAUGHTER, PREGNANT WITH HER THIRD CHILD

“It’s been a little bit of a rollercoaster of emotions in terms of highs and lows, but he’s been brilliant to be fair,” Tindall told the outlet. “It’s nice to have a boy around to keep me company. The girls are outnumbering me by quite a number so it’s nice to have Lucas around.”

“So far – touch wood – he’s been great in terms of his sleeping and eating and doing everything that a five-week-old does,” Tindall added.

Zara Phillips and Mike Tindall tied the knot in 2011. They are now parents to three children.

Zara Phillips and Mike Tindall tied the knot in 2011. They are now parents to three children.
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The baby’s full name is Lucas Philip Tindall. His middle name is in honor of both Tindall’s father, as well as Zara’s grandfather, Prince Philip. He is 22nd in line to the throne, but won’t take the title of His Royal Highness.

Tindall previously joked on his podcast that now may be the right time for him to have a vasectomy.

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“I literally was like ‘Yep, snip, snip, snip.’ I’ve got a boy. I’m out. I’m out of here,” he said. “The best thing about being at home, the best thing was, as soon he’s wrapped up, he’s skin on skin, straight downstairs. TV room. Golf on. This is what we’re doing.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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How We Bought a House That Wasn’t for Sale (and How You Can, Too)


While trying to buy a house this summer, I assumed our real estate options were limited to homes that were officially for sale.

Well, guess what? We ended up buying a house that wasn’t even listed—and learned that this home-buying strategy wasn’t just possible, but often preferable if you’re purchasing property in a competitive market.

Here’s how we pulled it off, and how you can, too.


How we bought an unlisted house

The backstory: My husband and I had been house hunting for months in Alabama, and had fallen in love with one particular property in the highly desirable historic district of Florence. We made an offer the same day we toured the house, only to be heartbroken upon learning that it went to another buyer (a relative of the seller).

Feeling at a loss, we scoured Florence for other options, but nothing else was for sale—which made sense, because it’s a coveted area of the Shoals region.



Disappointed and tired of waiting for listings that seemed to sell within days of their going live, we asked our real estate agent, Jody Lanier with MarMac Real Estate, if he had any ideas.

That’s when he introduced the idea of looking beyond what was available on real estate listings sites.


We were game to try it out. So our real estate agent put out feelers, and soon found a 1917-built home that was on our perfect street. My husband and I fell in love with it the moment we set foot on the front porch and felt giddy stepping inside.

Basically, the sellers had named their asking price, and if we were interested, we could put in an offer for that amount—take it or leave it. Since the price was within our budget, we went for it, signing and submitting a typical home buyer’s contract that evening.


In the morning, we had more good news: They’d accepted!

It was a thrill to know that we’d gone under contract without having to compete against other buyers, saving us a lot of worry and disappointment in the offer process.

How to buy a house that isn’t on the market

Buying an unlisted house appears to be a growing trend in heated markets. According to Pamela Ermen, president of Real Estate Guidance in Norfolk, VA, it’s called “going under the market,” which means digging into the housing inventory in a particular area to find unlisted gems where the owners might be up for selling if they receive the right offer.


It’s just smart to “introduce yourself as a buyer to [a home] before you have to compete with other people for it,” says Ermen, who specializes in such listings.

Here are a few tactics that will help make this needle-in-haystack process a success.

Find a real estate agent willing to do some digging

Buying a house that isn’t for sale takes more legwork on the agent’s end than usual.

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