Mike Tindall has described homeschooling to his daughter Mia, 6, as “fun but also frustrating,” in a candid interview about isolated life.
The former English 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 June 1, in accordance with government guidelines that opened the doors to front desk students year 1 and year 6 next month, but admitted that he kept a close eye on developments.
The father of two said they had barely seen their neighbor Princess Anne, who has been busy with charity work, saying that the WhatsApp group they share with the Cambridges and the Sussexes was’ not as active ‘, revealing that’ everyone just keep going ‘.
Mike Tindall, seen with Zara in Cheltenham, described homeschooling to his daughter Mia, 6, as ‘nice but also frustrating’, in a candid interview about living in isolation
Speak with the TelegraphMike said, “Zara still hopes the horses will come back, they still need training and work, so I become a teacher in the morning, which is fun at times, sometimes very frustrating.
He added, “I don’t think a child is a great home school because they certainly listen to other people better than their parents.”
And admitting that he can get frustrated, he continued, “Mia enjoyed it the first week, because it was different with Mom and Dad. But in the end it’s the same people telling her or what to do and I think she’s bored there. ‘
Mike explained that Mia is currently planning to return to school on June 1 and admitted there was no ‘ideal situation’, but he felt it was important that children have ‘some independence’.
Mike revealed that they were currently planning to send Mia back to school on June 1 in accordance with government guidelines that opened the doors to reception, first and sixth year students next month, but admitted that he kept a close eye on developments.
Mike also admitted that it was difficult not to see his parents Phil and Linda, who isolate themselves in West Yorkshire, and who are in the high-risk category. His father had been suffering from Parkinson’s for 18 years and his mother struggled with asthma.
The families are in touch with video calls, and Mike has revealed that they take as many pictures of Lena, 1 at that age, as ‘so many changes in six months.’
And despite living on the same estate in Gatscombe in Gloucestershire as Princess Anne, 69, they have not seen Zara’s mother since the closure because she is engaged in charity work.
The couple are currently locked at their home on Princess Anne’s Gatcombe Park Estate with their children Mia, six, and Lena, a
Zara and Mike and their children live on Princess Anne’s Gatcombe Park estate in Gloucester, and Mia’s school is believed to be close by.
They have three dogs, ten horses and a similar number of cars, including Land Rovers, a horse box and a Jaguar F-Type.
Gatcombe is in the heart of the Cotswolds and just a few miles from Highgrove, Prince Charles’ home in nearby Tetbury.
The Queen bought the Grade II listed mansion for her only daughter and her then-husband, Captain Mark Phillips, as a wedding gift, and the couple moved in 1977 – raising their two children, Peter and Zara, on the estate.
The main house has five master bedrooms, four secondary bedrooms, four reception rooms, a library, a billiard room and a conservatory.
Mike briefly shared a peek inside their rustic family home and posted a picture of the royal show with a farm-like cottage in the background