Mike Tindall, husband of the Queen’s granddaughter Zara Tindall, has praised Her Majesty for leading by example when it comes to Covid rules, especially at Prince Philip’s funeral
Politicians who broke Covid rules by holding Christmas parties could learn from the Queen who has followed the regulations – even at her beloved husband’s funeral, her grandson-in-law has said.
Mike Tindall, husband of the Queen’s granddaughter Zara Tindall, has said Her Majesty has been leading by example throughout the pandemic and is a credit to the nation – unlike some politicians.
In April, the monarch was forced to sit by herself at the funeral of Prince Philip due to Covid restrictions at the time and the world was moved by poignant images of her alone during the service at St George’s Chapel.
Meanwhile, recently, Boris Johnson and several other high-profile political figures have been caught up in a scandal over Christmas parties held last year when restrictions on household mixing in some parts of the country were at their tightest.
And speaking on his podcast The Good, The Bad and The Rugby, which was recorded before Christmas, former rugby player Mike said: “She just sets examples for everyone, you know?
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“She’s just a fantastic human being and what she’s had to endure through her whole life is a credit to who she is and what she does for the nation.
“I mean, you look at what she did in terms of setting examples at the Duke’s funeral; sat on her own, did everything by the book and exposed herself like that.
“That is what needed to be done in the country at that time.
“Who knew that, whilst she was doing that, politicians were doing everything that they were doing.
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“They should maybe learn from her.”
Also in the podcast, Mike, who shares three children with Zara, admitted he still gets “nervous” when in front of the Queen – although he’s a little “more comfortable” now.
He added: “I did get sweaty palms when I first met the Queen. I think anyone would.
“She’s such a legend of a lady that I still get nervous now when I see her… I’m way more comfortable now, but, it’s been a journey.”
This year, the Queen was forced to change her Christmas plans for the second year in a row, due to soaring Covid rates.
Last year, she spent Christmas alone with the late Philip at Windsor Castle amid tight restrictions.
She also spent this Christmas at Windsor but was not alone as she was joined by Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall for the day, with other family members set to visit her over the Christmas.
The Queen had originally planned to spend the big day at Sandringham with all of her family but scaled back celebrations due to spiralling Covid cases.
It was her first Christmas without Philip and she paid tribute to him in her annual festive message saying she missed his familiar laugh and remembered his “mischievous, enquiring twinkle was as bright at the end as when I first set eyes on him”.