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Mike Tindall says he and Zara Phillips discovered they 'both like getting smashed' on first date

Watch: Mike Tindall says he and Zara Phillips discovered they 'both like getting smashed' on first date

I’m A Celebrity’s Mike Tindall has revealed he and wife Zara Phillips hit it off on their first date after discovering they “both quite like getting smashed”.

The rugby star has been married to Phillips – who is King Charles’ niece – since 2011 and they have three children together.

Tindall is now a contestant on the ITV jungle show and opened up to some of his fellow campers about how the pair got together, sharing that it was after he was dropped from a World Cup game in 2003.

CHELTENHAM, UNITED KINGDOM - MARCH 16: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 48 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Mike Tindall and Zara Phillips attend day 3 of the Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 16, 2017 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)
Mike Tindall and Zara Phillips have been married since 2011. (Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)

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“I was at the World Cup, she was out watching,” he said.

“I got dropped from the semi-final. I was p***** off and so I went for a beer with another guy who got dropped and a guy who was over (in Sydney). They had met her before and they introduced us and then got chatting.”

Hollyoaks actor Owen Warner remarked: “So if you never got dropped you never would have met her?”

Mike Tindall MBE - I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here 2022. (ITV)
Mike Tindall opened up during a chat in camp. (ITV)

“Best decision of Clive Woodward’s life,” Tindall said, referring to the coach and former rugby union player.

“Thank God he dropped you!” said Warner.

Tindall also spilled the beans about the first time he and Phillips went out.

Zara Tindall (right) and Mike Tindall during day one of the Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse. Picture date: Tuesday March 15, 2022.
Zara Phillips and Mike Tindall have three children. (PA)

“First actual date, just went out for lunch locally,” said the 44-year-old.

“And ended up being quite a boozy one. Then we figured out that we both quite like getting smashed.

"It was a good start.”

Tindall is on the reality show with the likes of pop icon Boy George, radio legend Chris Moyles and Loose Women star Charlene White.

Mike Tindall MBE,, Owen Warner, Olivia Attwood, Charlene White, Boy George, Chantelle Douglas, Sue Cleaver, Chris Moyles, Babatúndé Aléshé and Jill Scott MBE - I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here 2022 (ITV/Lifted Entertainment)
Mike Tindall said he and wife Zara Phillips had a 'boozy' lunch for their first date. (ITV/Lifted Entertainment)

Former health secretary Matt Hancock is also a contestant but will be a late entry so has not yet appeared on the show.

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Watch the next live episode of I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here! at 9pm tomorrow (Tuesday) on ITV and ITV Hub.