Zara and Mike’s greater freedoms as there was ‘no attempt made’ to absorb him into family

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The couple always appears blissfully happy at royal days out with their daughters Mia Grace, six, and Lena Elizabeth, two. Marrying into the Royal Family is not easy and comes with lots of responsibility.

An expert has suggested the reason for Mike and Zara Tindall’s apparently relaxed royal set up.

Unlike Prince William and Kate, and Prince Harry and Meghan, Zara’s career as an equestrian allowed her to stay out of the limelight.

Staying away from signing up as “working royals” has given them more freedom, the expert claims.

Judi James told Express.co.uk: “Unlike other non-royal partners there seems to have been no attempt made to absorb Mike into the world of royal restrictions and behaviours.”

She went on: “That has allowed Zara greater freedom in terms of enjoying a normal, happy married life with less of the constant pressure of expectations that has affected Fergie, Sophie, Kate, Meghan and even Camilla.”

This is, in part, likely due to Zara’s lack of title, as well as her choice to earn money privately.

While the likes of Prince Andrew’s daughter Eugenie and Beatrice are princesses, Zara is not.

This is due to a title rule, meaning only daughters of princes are princesses.

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Princess Anne’s first husband Mark Phillips was offered and earldom by the Queen, which would have given him and his children Zara and Peter HRH privilages.

However, Anne and Mark declined the offer.

Anne claimed this decsion “was probably the right thing to do”.

In a new interview with Vanity Fair magazine conducted in the lead-up to Princess Anne’s 70th birthday this August, the royal explained that she believes not giving Peter and Zara titles “was probably the right thing to do”.

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“I think it was probably easier for them, and I think most people would argue that there are downsides to having titles.”

Zara herself has echoed these sentiments in interviews too.

In 2015, Zara said: “I’m very lucky that both my parents decided to not use the title and we grew up and did all the things that gave us the opportunity to do.”

In fact, Zara “benefited from (Anne’s decision) in all sorts of ways” one former royal insder said.

Former Buckingham Palace press secretary Dickie Arbiter said: “It was a masterstroke of the Princess Royal when she decided not to give her children titles.”

He told The Sun: “Growing up as a commoner allowed Zara to thrive as her own woman, and there has never been pressure on her to conform.”

Thankfully, Mike has thrived as a royal spouse, which one expert suggests is down to him being an “alpha sportsman”. 

Body language expert Judi James discussed sports professional Mike, 42, and Zara Tindall, 39, who married nine years ago in 2011, just a few months after Kate and William.

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