Mike Tindall jokes that the royals want to hit Prince Harry
Mike Tindall laid bare the tensions between the British Royal Family and Prince Harry with a remark on A Question of Sport.
The former England rugby star blurted out during a live version of the sports quiz that the royals are so furious with Harry they would like to ‘cut’ him.
Harry and his wife Meghan Markle have been at odds with the Royal Family since deciding to step down from royal duties in early 2020 before making the arrangement permanent earlier this year.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex then accused the royal family of bullying and racist behavior in an interview with Oprah Winfrey in March, even claiming that a senior royal asked what the skin color of their first child, Archie, would be. .
The couple now live in California with their children, Archie and Lilibet, and Harry has returned to the UK twice, for Prince Philip‘s funeral and to unveil a statue of Princess Diana at Kensington Palace.
Now Tindall, who is married to Harry’s cousin Zara Phillips, has said private and public tensions with the Sussexes over the past two years have caused considerable unrest at Buckingham Palace.
Speaking at A Question of Sport Live at the London Palladium, Tindall used an anecdote about the England rugby team’s celebration after their 2003 World Cup win to joke about the Royal Family‘s feelings towards Harry .
Show host and former Tindall teammate Matt Dawson remembers celebrating the victory with Harry at a pub in Sydney.
Tindall, 42, and winger Iain Balshaw thought it would be fun to give the prince a few punches to see how long it would take his protection officers to intervene.
“At Balmoral, the family is having the same conversation now. Except the Queen took her safety off, ”Tindall said.
Appearing on a podcast with former England flanker James Haskell last year, Tindal joked that “Harry’s full slap” could be portrayed in Netflix drama The Crown.
“They don’t even know about it. Now you’ve revealed it, ”Haskell replied.