My seat at Charles’ coronation was ‘Frustrating’

Mike Tindall reveals he almost bowed to King Charles III after his ascension

Mike Tindall and King Charles III. Shutterstock (2)

So close, yet so far! Mike Tindall had the honor to attend King Charles III coronation with his wife Zara Tindall – but he has one big objection to the ceremony.

“You’re in the hottest place, but everything was happening behind the corner of the wall you can’t see!” Princess Anne son-in-law, 44, said during the May 18 episode of his “The good, the bad and the rugby” podcast.

The former professional rugby player and Zara, 42 — who is the king’s niece and the Princess Royal’s daughter and ex-husband Mark Phillips — they sat one row behind Prince Harry, Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie for the May 6 event. Prince William and Princess Katemeanwhile, they sat in the first pew with their children Princess Charlotte8 i Prince Louie5. Prince Edward and his wife, Sophie, Duchess of Edinburgh, also got front row seats. (William and Kate’s eldest son, Prince George9, served as page of honor at the ceremony.)

The sportsman explained this while still sitting quite close to the monarch and Queen Camilathe only way to actually see the coronation is to watch it unfold on screen.

“It was amazing to sit where we were. It was quite frustrating that you couldn’t see around the corner, but you had a TV there,” he revealed, noting that “everything was kind of up and forward” and he was grateful to have the privilege of watching history unfold.

“It’s one of those moments,” he said during his podcast. “I think the best part of the day was the six-and-a-half-hour army footmen who were in the courtyard of Buckingham Palace cheering the king three times – it was like wow, goosebumps.”

Mike and Zara, who married in December 2010 and have three children, accompanied his in-laws for most of Coronation Weekend. The couple was first spotted at a late night party with other members of the royal family on May 5.

“It was pretty nice to have dates,” Mike said during his May 12 appearance Good morning Britain. “You know, when you’ve got three kids, it’s not the easiest thing to go out and just have a drink together, so it was pretty nice to have some time where we could go out for a drink and talk. It was pretty nice.”

The couple’s outing lasted until the early hours of the morning, shortly before they were due to attend the 74-year-old monarch’s coronation ceremony at Westminster Abbey.

Adil [Ray]never worry about tomorrow, enjoy the moment and you can deal with the next day later,” he joked to GMB host, defending her choice to attend the dinner before the big day.

Mike later faced another major problem during his weekend while attending the coronation concert on May 7th. Born in Great Britain, he tried his best to dance at the performances Katy Perry, Lionel Richie and more A-list singers, but he felt he was missing out.

“It’s very difficult when you’re on a raised platform that’s under a lot of light, I felt like I didn’t really do my best in terms of [my dancing]”, said the former outside center during Good morning Britain. “If you had started doing interesting dance maneuvers on that platform next to the king, I’m not so sure it would have gone so well!”

He added: “Like Hitch once said in [Will Smith] the movie, ‘You gotta stay in your safe zone’ and my flag waving, I tried to make the best flag flying out there.”

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