Mike Tindall says Royals were told you all need to leave at end of funeral and werent able to comfort Queen
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Mike Tindall has revealed the Royal Family were all told “you need to leave” at the end of Prince Philip’s funeral, leaving him unable to comfort the Queen.
The former England rugby player spoke to Good Morning Britain on Friday about having been one of the 30 mourners allowed to attend the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral at St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle.
Mike, who accompanied his wife Zara, Prince Philip’s granddaughter, said that it had been tough to watch the Queen sitting on her own during the service.
Saying that he had been “moved” by the sight, he said: “I think that’s what she does, she leads by example and you say, 'amazing to see', but I didn’t really want to see it, but everyone’s seen it now.
“And even after the funeral it was sort of, ‘you all need to leave’, so you didn’t even get to have that supportive side afterwards."
But despite feeling disappointed that he didn’t get to offer his support, Mike said that he did think the funeral had been very well organised under coronavirus restrictions.
He said: “I think the way that the funeral was planned and run was exceptional and for Zara it was seeing his carriage ponies and the gloves and the sugar cube box and all that lined up.
"If he was looking down I think, being in the middle of a pandemic where it was more low key, I think he probably would have been more happy with that even though the rest of us probably would have liked it to be more of a celebration, but that’s the man that he was."
Mike, 42, also admitted that the last couple of months had been a “rollercoaster of emotions” as he and Zara, 39, had welcomed their third child just weeks before the funeral on April 17.
Baby Lucas was born in March, a brother for their daughters Mia and Lena, and made a rather dramatic entrance to the world.
He arrived so quickly that he became the first royal baby born at home in around 60 years, but Mike denied that he had been the one to deliver their son on the bathroom floor.
The proud dad said: “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.”
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