Before entering the Australian Jungle Mike said that he thought the challenge of the show would be tougher than internation rugby matches. He also claimed that he has no misconceptions to dispel explaining: “I am an open book.”
He told The Sun that his wife had been supportive of him signing up for the show, explaining: “I was always on the fence but I do think it will be good fun at the end of the day.”
Despite regularly attending royal occasions, Zara and Mike Tindall are not senior members of the Royal Family and live independently of the Sovereign Grant.
Buckingham Palace did not deny if Mike sought advice or permission from the Royal Family before joining the show, as reported by The Telegraph on Monday, with a spokesperson explaining that he is not a working member of the Royal Family.
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In a poll that ran from 11am on Wednesday, November 2, to 2pm on Thursday, November 3, Express.co.uk asked readers: “Should Royal Family be worried about Mike Tindall’s I’m a Celeb appearance?”
Overall, 1,178 people responded with the vast majority, 83 percent (973 people) answering “no”, the Royal Family should not be worried about Mike’s appearance.
Whereas 16 percent (183 people) said “yes” they should and a further 22 people said they did not know.
Dozens of comments were left below the accompanying article as readers shared their thoughts on Mike’s upcoming stint on reality TV.
Many readers expressed no fears about Mike’s appearance on I’m A Celebrity, with username Saying it as it is, commenting: “Absolutely no worries at all about Mike!”
Username TimothyDNaegele said: “Mike is a class act, a good husband and father; and he will not do anything to destroy the Monarchy in any way.”
Username alana2 said: “He seems to be a very reasonable, nice, and sensible person, so I’m not worried.”
And username Roflower wrote: “He respects the Royal Family and will act accordingly.”
However, other readers argued that Mike’s appearance would not reflect well on the Royal Family, with username meinflorida remarking: “It cheapens the royal family.”
Likewise, username Gorsegirl said: “Yes…it’s tacky for both him and the Royal Family’s image. There are plenty of other things he could have done.”
Mike has previously appeared on reality TV shows, starring in The Jump and Bear Grylls’ Mission Survive.
He will reportedly be paid £150,000 for his appearance in the jungle alongside stars including op icon Boy George, Love Island’s Olivia Attwood and England’s Lioness Jill Scott.