Finally! Mike Tindall — who is married to Queen Elizabeth II‘s granddaughter Zara Phillips — recently went under the knife to fix his crooked nose that had been reportedly broken eight times throughout his 12-year career as a professional rugby player. “I don’t really want to get it fixed, but it looks like I might have to because I can’t actually breathe very well,” Mike said in an interview in 2015 with the Daily Mirror. “I guess it’s something similar to a pug.”
“The problem is that if I get it done, will people say I’ve had it just because I’m doing TV stuff now? Because it’s definitely not,” he added, referring to a previous appearance on the reality show, Bear Grylls: Mission Survive.
But it seems like he overcame that fear and decided to get the surgery done. While it’s unclear when Mike had the procedure, it’s safe to say he can probably breathe a bit better now as his broken nose sat at a 45-degree angle and both of his nostrils were collapsed — meaning he could only breathe out of his mouth.
Mike and his 36-year-old royal wife, Zara — whose parents are Princess Anne and Mark Phillips — became engaged in December 2010 and married in July 2011 at Canongate Kirk in Edinburgh, Scotland. They welcomed a daughter, Mia Grace Tindall, 4, in January 2014. Following the official announcement of Zara’s first pregnancy, Mike jokingly Tweeted of his unborn child, “Hopefully he/she won’t have my nose.”
Now, the pair are gearing up for the arrival of their second child, more than one year after Zara suffered a miscarriage in 2016 and it was Mia who really kept the family together during that difficult time. “The saving grace for us has been Mia, our daughter who is now 3,” Mike told The Sunday Times in May 2017.
“However down we feel she will come running up in our faces. When I was playing I hardly saw her; now we can see her grow up,” he added. “I can take her swimming and I can take her to Ninja Tots. You’ll never be able to see her there because she disappears in a puff of smoke.”
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