Mike Tindall's 'Coronation frustration' after being seated in row behind Harry

Mike Tindall and Zara Tindall at Westminster Abbey during the Coronation of King Charles III and Queen Camilla on May 6, 2023 -Credit:UK Press via Getty Images
Mike Tindall and Zara Tindall at Westminster Abbey during the Coronation of King Charles III and Queen Camilla on May 6, 2023 -Credit:UK Press via Getty Images

Mike Tindall expressed his frustration over his seating arrangement at last year's Coronation. Despite being seated just four rows behind Prince Harry, Princess Eugenie and Princess Beatrice, the former I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here star was not entirely pleased with his spot for the King's big day last May.

He and wife Zara were positioned in Westminster Abbey in the same row as Peter Phillips, Princess Anne's son and Zara's brother. However, Mike revealed on his podcast, The Good, The Bad and The Rugby, shortly after that, despite their proximity to the front, it was nearly impossible to see anything as the 'Coronation Theatre' was situated around a corner in the church.

"You're in the hottest spot, but it's happening all around the corner where you can't see! You do have a front-row seat, but..." he shared with co-hosts James Haskell and Alex Payne. He added: "It was unbelievable being sat there, but frustrating".

He did, however, manage to catch some of the ceremony on a screen attached to one of the Abbey's pillars.

The revelation came shortly after Mike posted some playful behind-the-scenes photos from the Coronation, reviving a much-loved tradition from the late Queen's Platinum Jubilee celebrations. He shared the images to reminisce about the days of celebration, including the ceremony itself and the concert that followed, reports the Mirror.

In a series of snaps posted on Instagram, Mike Tindall was spotted donning Zara's fascinator, reminiscent of his playful antics during the previous year's Jubilee celebrations.

The photo captures Mike grinning broadly in a morning suit, sporting his wife's pale blue headpiece atop his head.

Additionally, Mike uploaded a selfie with Zara and a cheerful picture alongside her elder sibling, Peter, outside Westminster Abbey.

His post was captioned: "It's been an unbelievable 10 days! ! ! #coronation #jamierobertstestimonial #tindallgolf #ibiza time to sleep! ! @jamiehuwroberts @goodbadrugby @tindallgolf @stereophonicsofficial @thelondonessentials."

Despite enjoying a close relationship with his cousin Zara, last week we reported that Prince Harry was reportedly seething after Mike was assigned a prominent role at the Invictus Games, according to royal commentator Richard Fitzwilliams.

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The Invictus Games, inspired by the US Warrior Games and established by Prince Harry in 2014, are designed to give injured veterans the opportunity to participate in competitive sports akin to the Paralympics.

Speaking to GB News, Fitzwilliams expressed concern that the event has become "too royal" due to the involvement of Harry and his spouse, Meghan Markle.

He remarked: "Mike Tindall, who is the husband of Zara, the King's niece, has been given a high position to do something about the Invictus Games."

"I think Harry is absolutely furious about this. It has been announced, but very quietly."

Fitzwilliams continued: "Some people say they want Harry because he's the beginning of the whole Invictus Games, and other people say that it would be delightful that they don't do all this nonsense and they don't want Meghan making speeches. They don't want her leading marches.

"She did lead people who were in winning last year, and she walked as if she was at a dress show and they were walking behind her looking very angry because she doesn't really know very much about the army and the military."

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