Mike Tindall has described homeschooling his daughter Mia, 6, as ‘nice but also frustrating’, in a candid interview about life in isolation.
The former England rugby player, 41, who also shares Lena, 1, with Zara Tindall, 39, said the little girl could be ‘brilliant’, but admitted he felt children were less likely to ‘listen to their parents than others’.
Mike revealed that they were currently planning to send Mia back to school on the 1st June in line with government guidelines opening the doors to reception, year 1 and year 6 pupils next month, but admitted he was keeping a close eye on developments.
The father-of-two said they have hardly seen their neighbour Princess Anne, who has been busy with charity work, and said the WhatsApp group they share with the Cambridges and the Sussexes ‘hasn’t been that active’, revealing that ‘everyone is just getting on with it’.
Mike Tindall, seen with Zara at Cheltenham, has described homeschooling his daughter Mia, 6, as ‘nice but also frustrating’, in a candid interview about life in isolation
Speaking to the Telegraph, Mike said: ‘Zara still has hopes that the horses will get back, they still need training and working on, so I get to be a teacher in the mornings which is sometimes really nice, sometimes really frustrating.
He added: ‘I don’t think any child is a great home schooler because they definitely listen to other people better than they listen to their parents.’
And admitting he can get frustrated, he continued: ‘Mia enjoyed it the first week because it different being around Mum and Dad all the time. But then ultimately it’s the same people who are telling her off or telling her what to do and I think she gets bored of that. ‘
Explaining that the plan is currently for Mia to go back to school on the 1st June, Mike admitted there was no ‘ideal situation’, but said he felt it was important for children to have ‘some independence’.
Mike revealed that they were currently planning to send Mia back to school on the 1st June in line with government guidelines opening the doors to reception, year 1 and year 6 pupils next month, but admitted he was keeping a close eye on developments
Mike also admitted it’s been hard not seeing his parents Phil and Linda, who are isolating in West Yorkshire, and who are in the high risk category – with his father having suffered from Parkinsons for the past 18 years and his mother battling with asthma.
The families are keeping in contact with video calls, and Mike revealed they are taking as many photos as possible of Lena, 1, as ‘so much changes in six months’ at that age.
And despite living on the same Gatscombe estate in Gloucestershire as Princess Anne, 69, they have not seen Zara’s mother since the lockdown, as she’s been busy with charity work.
The couple are currently on lockdown at their home on Princess Anne’s Gatcombe Park Estate with their children Mia, six, and Lena, one
Zara and Mike and their children live on Princess Anne’s Gatcombe Park estate in Gloucester, with Mia’s school presumed to be close by.
They have three dogs, ten horses, as well as a similar number of cars including Land Rovers, a horsebox and a Jaguar F-Type.
Gatcombe is located in the heart of the Cotswolds, and is just a few miles away from Highgrove, Prince Charles’ home in nearby Tetbury.
The Queen bought the Grade II-listed manor house for her only daughter and her then husband Captain Mark Phillips as a wedding present, and the couple moved in 1977 – and raised their two children, Peter and Zara, on the estate.
The main manor house boasts five main bedrooms, four secondary bedrooms, four reception rooms, a library, a billiard room, and a conservatory.
Mike shared a sneak peek at their rustic family home recently, posting a picture with the royal showing off a farmhouse style cottage in the background