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Rebecca Cook

Mike shares tactics to dodge royal chats after asking Prince's permission for I'm A Celeb

Mike Tindall has shared details on asking a senior member of the Royal Family for their permission to appear on I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here!

The former rugby star came in at fourth place in this year’s explosive instalment of the ITV reality series, which saw hosts Ant McPartlin and Decland Donnelly return to Australia.

Mike made history when he appeared in the jungle, as he became the first member of the Royal Family to do so.

Following his return from Down Under with wife Zara Tindall, he sat down for an episode of his podcast The Good, the Bad and the Rugby.

Discussing his experience on the show, he told his co-hosts about his campmates as well as the process leading up to his highly secretive flight to Brisbane to enter the jungle.

The former rugby star came in at fourth place (ITV/REX/Shutterstock)

One of the questions from co-host James Haskell posed whether the former rugby player needed permission from the Royal Family to sign up to the star-studded line-up this year.

Mike told listeners that while he was not required to do so, he decided to seek it out as a courtesy to his wife’s family.

"You don't want to upset anyone," he explained. "I spoke to the Prince of Wales about it and he said 'Great, go have fun'."

Zara met husband Mike on the famous rope bridge (James Gourley/ITV/REX/Shutterstock)
Mike made history when he appeared in the jungle (Getty Images)

Mike went on to touch on his discussions of the Royals with his I’m A Celebrity campmates, admitting to 'cutting conversations short' when the subject arose.

However, the dad-of-three did say that he was not warned off sharing certain stories about the Royals, but that he knew short conversations were not likely to make it on the air.

Zara met husband Mike on the famous rope bridge when he was eliminated from the show, leaving Matt Hancock, Owen Warner and Jill Scott as the final three standing.

Mike admitted to ‘cutting conversations short’ when the Royals arose in camp (ITV/REX/Shutterstock)

Zara, was seen running to hug her husband after he lost out on a place in the final after 22 days in camp, as he was heard saying to her: "I have missed you so much."

Speaking to Ant and Dec about his experience, he said: "It has been a lot of laughs. I mean that is the best thing you can get through anything when the humour is good and in all fairness to everyone, everyone has their distinct humour."

Mike added: "Coming in I wasn’t worried about the stay, I wasn’t worried about the food, I sort of got myself in that place, my experience was going to be what happened in camp and the trials because I knew that Mia would want me to do trials with creepy crawlies because that is just how she likes it.”

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