By Lucy Needham
Zara and Mike Tindall have been spotted enjoying a day the polo with Chris Hemsworth as cousin Prince Harry throws a series of grenades at the royal family with the release of memoir Spare
In the midst of controversy surrounding his cousin Prince Harry’s publication of his memoir Spare, Zara and Mike Tindall have been spotted having a great time at the polo with actor Chris Hemsworth.
The couple was spotted at the Magic Millions equestrian competition on Australia’s Gold Coast among the VIP attendees.
Zara, 41, looked stunning in a stunning blue belted midi-dress as she mingled with a variety of famous celebrities, oblivious to the ongoing drama at home.
Zara and Hemsworth’s wife Elsa Pataky appeared to be having a great time as they were seen talking and laughing together. The two were even wearing complementary shades of blue.
Despite the fact that I’m famous, get me out of here! favourite Mike took his time getting to know Chris, a Marvel actor.
The foursome was even observed taking a selfie after enjoying drinks in the VIP tent.
Later in the day sports-fan Zara traded her chic summer dress for equestrian gear as she joined competitors for a raucous game of polo.
Zara, who represented Team GB at the Olympics winning a silver medal as part of the Equestrian team in 2012, looked jubilant as she rode around on horseback and was seen raising her arms in celebration with her teammates.
Australia has become a home away from home for the Tindalls over the last few months.
The couple spent time down under as Mike filmed I’m A Celeb in the autumn, choosing to stay an extra few weeks in the sun as Mike’s campmates flew home to the UK.
After spending Christmas with the royal family, Zara and Mike were spotted at Cheltenham Racecourse on New Year’s Day.
Zara and Mike brought their daughters Mia, 8, and Lena, 4, to the royal’s Christmas church service at Sandringham.
They joined King Charles, the Queen Consort and the Princess and Princess of Wales and their three children on the festive outing.
Zara’s cousin Prince Harry chose to spend Christmas in Los Angeles with wife Meghan Markle taking part in their own celebrations.
The Duke of Sussex is now just days away from releasing his tell-all memoir Spare where he seeks to ‘tell his truth’ about his turbulent life as a royal and why he quit the monarchy after marrying Markle.
Harry has already thrown various grenades at various family members including blasting his father for not hugging him as a child, describing Camilla as a ‘wicked step-mother, and branding his brother William his ‘arch nemesis’.
In an emotional interview on the book, which is set to air on ITV tonight, Harry says despite his criticisms, he does still believes in the monarchy and in one clip admits he doesn’t know yet if he will attend his father’s coronation.
In a clip from Harry: The Interview, which will air at 9pm on Sunday, Harry speaks about being unable to show any emotion when meeting mourners following the death of his mother, Diana, Princess of Wales, in 1997.
He also admits to feeling “some guilt” when walking among the gathered crowds outside Kensington Palace, saying the only time he cried was at his mother’s burial.
He tells presenter Tom Bradby: “Everyone knows where they were and what they were doing the night my mother died.
“I cried once, at the burial, and you know I go into detail about how strange it was and how actually there was some guilt that I felt, and I think William felt as well, by walking around the outside of Kensington Palace.”
Harry describes feeling the mourners’ tears on his hands when he shook them.
“There were 50,000 bouquets of flowers to our mother and there we were shaking people’s hands, smiling,” he says.
“I’ve seen the videos, right, I looked back over it all. And the wet hands that we were shaking, we couldn’t understand why their hands were wet, but it was all the tears that they were wiping away.
“Everyone thought and felt like they knew our mum, and the two closest people to her, the two most loved people by her, were unable to show any emotion in that moment.”
The interview is the first of four broadcast appearances over the coming days, with Harry also speaking to Anderson Cooper for 60 Minutes on CBS News on Sunday night, Michael Strahan of Good Morning America on Monday and Stephen Colbert on the Late Show on CBS on Wednesday morning UK time.
When Mike Tindall appeared on the podcast The Good, The Bad, and The Rugby last month, he awkwardly sidestepped questions about Prince Harry.
When asked about his plans for Christmas 2022, Mike replied, “There’s been a lot of change.”
James Haskell, his co-star and a fellow former rugby player, asked him, “King’s speech?” in reference to Charles giving his first Christmas address.
Mike retorted, “There will be a lot of firsts so, yes, go and watch it.
Then, a laughing James questioned him: “It’s going to be a game of “pin the tail on Harry,” where you run him around and try to” Puncture the pinata?”
Mike can be seen in a video of the exchange appearing unimpressed by the question as he quickly shifts the topic back to his time on I’m A Celebrity.