Three’s a charm for Zara and Mike

The sporty roy­als are ex­pand­ing their brood

Woman’s Day (NZ) - - News -

On a visit to the Gold Coast, for­mer Eng­land rugby cap­tain Mike Tin­dall made the most of the hot weather with a spot of surf­ing, later declar­ing, “That’s a great cure for jet­lag – I can rec­om­mend it. I’ve only surfed once be­fore and I was so bad at it, but I man­aged to stand up this time.”

How­ever, on dry land, it was his royal wife Zara who had ev­ery­one talk­ing, with her curvy fig­ure spark­ing spec­u­la­tion the cou­ple are ex­pect­ing their third child. If so, it’ll be a case of déjà vu for the pair, who were ex­pect­ing daugh­ter Lena, now six months, when they hol­i­dayed in Aus­tralia this time last year.

But with the horse-mad Olympic medal­list com­pet­ing in a char­ity polo match at the Star Gold Coast Magic Mil­lions Car­ni­val, for which she is an am­bas­sador, those close to the

fam­ily sug­gests this is un­likely. How­ever, we’re told baby num­ber three is def­i­nitely on the cards for Zara, 37, and Mike, 40, who are also par­ents to daugh­ter Mia, four.

“De­spite only hav­ing had Lena six months ago, Zara’s told pals how she and Mike are ready to start try­ing for a third, and she’s re­vealed how they’re hop­ing for a hat­trick this year,” says a source close to the royal, speak­ing ex­clu­sively to Woman’s Day.

Zara re­port­edly also told her fam­ily over Christ­mas that she wants to join her cousin Prince Harry and his wife, the Duchess of Sus­sex, “on the baby train” – and she’s des­per­ate for a son this time.

“She hopes that she can get their much longed-for boy with their third child,” re­ports our source. “Zara joked that de­spite Mike’s best ef­forts, it’s not look­ing like the girls will fol­low in his rugby-lov­ing foot­steps, so he needs a son to share his pas­sion and bal­ance things out a bit. She also re­vealed how Mia reg­u­larly asks them when she’s get­ting a baby brother, so the pres­sure is on!”

Tak­ing it easy

How­ever, Zara re­mains cau­tious after suf­fer­ing two dev­as­tat­ing mis­car­riages, one in 2016 – just after she con­firmed the preg­nancy – and an­other “re­ally early on” shortly be­fore con­ceiv­ing Lena.

“It’s been a hor­ri­ble road, but we’ve come out the end of it and it makes you a stronger fam­ily,” says Zara, who lives with Mike and their chil­dren on her mum Princess Anne’s Gat­combe Es­tate in the Cotswolds.

Pay­ing trib­ute to how her hus­band han­dled the ter­ri­ble news, she con­tin­ues, “Mike’s in­cred­i­ble. It’s hard for the guys too. It’s dif­fer­ent for us [women] be­cause we’re car­ry­ing the child, but for guys, I guess it’s that help­less feel­ing, which must be in­cred­i­bly high and hor­ri­ble for them. At the end of the day, they’ve lost a child too.”

The re­tired rugby star has him­self said that el­dest daugh­ter Mia was their “sav­ing grace” dur­ing this dif­fi­cult time, re­veal­ing, “How­ever down we feel, she will come run­ning up in our faces.”

Our source says Zara and Mike will stop at three chil­dren “un­less they’re blessed with a sur­prise”, and that the Olympian will lean on the Duchess of Cam­bridge for hacks on han­dling life with three chil­dren.

“Kate’s the one who mo­ti­vated her to have an­other baby now and keep the age gap close, so she’s hop­ing she falls preg­nant quickly and can fol­low in Kate’s foot­steps this year.”

Baby steps! Mike takes some les­sons from a lo­cal. “I man­aged to stand up this time,” the rugby star jokes.

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