Mike Tindall says he’ll miss family on I’m A Celeb and no contact will be ‘hardest’ bit

It's official. The I'm A Celebrity jungle is getting a dose of royalty, as Mike Tindall, husband of the late Queen's granddaughter Zara Tindall, has touched down in Australia.

And former rugby player Mike, 44, revealed that the thing he's worried about the most as he enters the famous jungle is his family as he shared his concerns about having no contact with them.

Mike has been married to Zara, daughter of Princess Anne, since 2011, and they share three children together – daughters Mia Grace, eight, Lena Elizabeth, four, and baby son Lucas.

Speaking about signing up to the hit ITV2 show, which kicks off on November 6, Mike said: "It should be good fun, why not? It is always worth a go isn't it."

Turning to discuss the show and what he will miss whilst in camp, he said: "Hanger is always going to be the biggest thing to worry about, but I have also got three kids so going without sleep goes with the territory. Again you are stepping into something you don't know.

"The family I will miss the most of course. This will probably be the longest time I have been away and then not having communication, that will be the hardest bit. But also you get your head around what you are doing and try to win some stars. I want to win stars because I want to eat."

Mike also touched on how Australia is a special place for him as it's where he met Zara, as he said: "Australia is a special place yeah I met Zara in Sydney. There is no holiday planned at the moment afterwards. If there was I wouldn't tell you either!"

Speaking of the hype surrounding his signing up to the show, he reminded a reporter that I'm a Celebrity isn't his first foray into reality television, as he has also taken part in Bear Grylls and The Jump, saying: "I just do things I think will be fun."

He also revealed that he took advice from some of his celebrity pals and former I'm A Celeb contestants, rugby ace James Haskell and DIY SOS' Nick Knowles.

Speaking as he waited for his bags at Brisbane airport, he said:"We will find out if Im good with snakes wont we? I hope I will be good at the trials but you don't know what you are going to get.

"I have spoken to James Haskell about it. He was one of the guys who said she you should do It so I took some advice from him. Nick Knowles is a good mate of mine too so I have spoken to a few people.

"I was always on the fence but I do think it will be good fun at the end of the day. That is the thing, I like groups of people and I like things that could be good fun. So let's see, I might regret it."

Before Mike had officially touched down in Brisbane, the excitement was building for his rumoured appearance, as a source told The Sun: "It’s a massive coup. Mike has had a box seat for some of the most important moments in royal history for generations.

“He is sure to be discreet, but his sheer presence means this series will be an absolute must-watch.”

Mike arrived hours after Babatunde Aleshe, Loose Women's Charlene White and England Lioness Jill Scott, who all touched down on Thursday 27 October.

Hollyoaks star Owen Warner, Coronation Street's Sue Cleaver, Chris Moyles and Olivia Attwood also jetted into Australia earlier this week.


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