Royal baby: Queen Elizabeth’s granddaughter Zara Tindall is pregnant with her third child
Another royal baby is on the way and the queen is said to be delighted.
Zara Tindall, the Queen’s granddaughter, is expecting her third child with husband Mike, news he confirmed during an episode of his The Good, The Bad & The Rugby podcast.
Mike, who already has two daughters, six-year-old Mia and two-year-old Lena, with Zara, told his co-hosts James Haskell and Alex Payne: "It's been a good week for me, had a little scan last week – third Tindall on its way.”
A Buckingham Palace spokesman said the queen and her husband Philip are “delighted” by the news.
Zara is Princess Anne’s only daughter.
Prince Phillip and the Queen currently have eight great-grandchildren and now two more are set to be born next year.
Princess Eugenie and her husband Jack Brooksbank are expecting their first child in early 2021, with Zara and Mike’s third child likely to arrive a couple of months later.
Mike Tindall, 42, also said he’d like to have a son this time around after already welcoming two daughters.
He added: "I'd like a boy this time, I've got two girls, I would like a boy. I'll love it whether a boy or a girl – but please be a boy!”
When asked about the baby’s due date, Mike insisted the couple were keeping that information private, before adding they’ve not yet told their daughters the news.
"We like to play our cards close to the chest. We haven't told Mia yet because we knew she would tell everyone at school. Now that we've gone through the scan, yes, of course we'll tell her.”
And the couple know Mia will be over the moon with the news, as she’s been desperate for another younger sibling for some time.
"She'll be happy about it, she's been requesting another sister or brother, so we've hopefully fulfilled that role for her. She just wants something different now. Lena's growing up — she's two-and-a-half now — she wants something younger to play with and dress up!”
Zara, 39, and Mike have been married since 2011, and following the birth of Mia, the Queen’s granddaughter suffered two heartbreaking miscarriages before welcoming her second child, Lena.
And Mike has said Zara was being extra “careful” with her latest pregnancy in the hopes she could avoid another devastating loss.
"Z is very good, always careful because of things that have happened in the past, and really looking forward to it."