Mike Tindall awkwardly avoids Prince Harry question as he talks different royal Christmas

Mike Tindall awkwardly dodged questions about Prince Harry during an episode of his podcast, The Good, The Bad & The Rugby.

Talk on the podcast turned to the Royal Family's Christmas, with King Charles set to host Christmas at Sandringham for the first time, following the Queen's death in September. 

While most of the working Royals will be present for the big day, notable absences will include Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, who may have increased the royal rift following the release of their Netflix docuseries, Harry & Meghan.

On the podcast, with James Haskell and Alex Payne, former rugby professional Mike – who is married to Zara Tindall – chatted about the royal Christmas plans.

Filming a YouTube Christmas special, Alex asked his friend whether the royal Christmas would be “very different.”

“Yeah, it probably will be. I don't really know, I'm quite looking forward to it,” Mike replied.

“Obviously, there's a lot of change, there's lots of firsts.”

James, who recently holidayed in Dubai with wife Chloe Madeley, then cheekily asked whether the royals would be playing “pin the tail on Prince Harry” because of his absence.

Keeping his cool, Mike remained completely stoic as his friends further joked that they could put Harry’s face on a pinata.

Still refusing to address the topic, Mike joked that he hadn’t missed his co-hosts “diving around with where they go with stories” while he was in the I'm a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! jungle.

This, of course, comes after Mike’s triumphant stint on I’m a Celeb alongside the likes of Loose Women’s Charlene White, comedian Seann Walsh, pop legend Boy George and the infamous Matt Hancock.

His inclusion in the show offered a rare chance to pull back the royal curtain, with fans learning that he didn’t feel pressure when he first met Zara Phillips.

After Jill Scott beat out Owen Warner and Matt Hancock for the crown, many of the cast reunited for a boozy celebration dinner organised by Zara.

Mike also gave an impassioned speech ruing the cast’s final dinner, where he said: "I would like to say that it's been an absolute privilege and honour to meet you all and to spend that valuable time together.

"For 26 people to come together and get on for the amount of time we've got on, it's very, very, rare and very, very special and we should all appreciate that.

"We say great things to each other but when we get back to the UK, let's not f**k off, it's easy to do.

"Let's not do it because I think we've created a very special thing here and it's worth keeping it going."


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