Queen's granddaughter Zara Tindall shares heartbreak after two miscarriages - 'It's been a horrible road'

In Zara's own words, although she and husband Mike received all the support from their family at the time of their loss, it was a difficult experience, especially for him.


                            Queen's granddaughter Zara Tindall shares heartbreak after two miscarriages - 'It's been a horrible road'

Losing a child is possibly the hardest thing parents might have to cope with, and it gets even more difficult when their entire life is unfolding in the public eyes. Appearing on 'BBC Breakfast' this morning, Queen's granddaughter Zara Tindall got all candid as she opened up about her heartbreak, after suffering from two miscarriages. 

'I think that's the hardest thing in our situation, is that everyone knew," said the Olympic medal-winning equestrian, fighting back tears during the chat with Breakfast presenter Sally Nugent. "And very much when things like that happen, normally it's just your family and friends, but unfortunately everyone knew about it."

"Actually I had so many letters saying 'I'm so sorry, we've been through the same thing', which was incredible - and thank you to all those people," revealed the royal, who is married to ex-England rugby captain Mike Tindall. While opening up about her loss and suffering, however, the former Olympian went on to highlight a significant and often unnoticed phenomenon, which is the impact of a miscarriage on the father. 

 

Zara Phillips and Mike Tindall attend the Magic Millions Raceday at Gold Coast Turf Club on January 9, 2016 in Gold Coast, Australia.
Zara Phillips and Mike Tindall attend the Magic Millions Raceday at Gold Coast Turf Club on January 9, 2016 in Gold Coast, Australia.

 

In Zara's own words, although she and her husband received all the support from their family at the time of their loss, it was a difficult experience, especially for Mike. "It's hard for the guys too," she quickly chimed in. 

"It's very different for us because we're carrying the child, but for guys, I guess it's kind of that helpless feeling, which must be incredibly high and horrible for them. At the end of the day, they've still lost a child too," The 37-year-old British royal continued, explaining how at the end, the experience could help them get stronger as a family. 

She added: "Being helpless is horrible isn't it.. for anyone. So.. you know, he's... it's been a horrible road but, you know, actually now we've come out the end of it, hopefully, it makes you a stronger family."

 

Zara Philllips is seen in the Parade Ring as she attends Royal Ascot 2017 at Ascot Racecourse on June 22, 2017 in Ascot, England.
Zara Philllips is seen in the Parade Ring as she attends Royal Ascot 2017 at Ascot Racecourse on June 22, 2017 in Ascot, England.

Zara might not hold any official title and is not an HRH, but as happens with any descendant of the Queen, the news of her pregnancies was revealed in public announcement. She and her husband suffered two miscarriages before welcoming their second child, Lena Elizabeth Tindall in June this year. The couple is also parents to 4-year-old daughter Mia Grace Tindall. 

On the heels of the celebrated British equestrian opening up about her loss,  a Miscarriage Association has thanked Zara for addressing the sensitive topic. "Thanks to Zara Tindall for talking about the experience of miscarriage on BBC Breakfast today and highlighting the needs of partners too," a spokesman for the association was quoted as saying.