Royal expert slams Mike Tindall on I'm A Celeb

Mike Tindall’s I’m A Celeb appearance makes his wife Zara’s family look ‘cheap’ and ‘blows up the mystique’, royal expert claims

  • Royal expert Jack Royston has slammed Mike Tindall’s I’m A Celeb appearance 
  • Newsweek’s Chief Royal Correspondent today told GMB it risks embarrassment
  • He said it could make the family look ‘cheap’ as he is ‘already spilling the beans’ 

Mike Tindall will ’embarrass’ the Royal Family with his I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here! performance, a royal expert has said.

Jack Royston has slammed the former rugby star’s appearance, claiming it ‘blows up that mystique and mystery and enigma that surrounds them’.

Speaking on Good Morning Britain today, Newsweek’s Chief Royal Correspondent also believes the reality show debut will only add to the troubles brewing amid The Crown’s release this week, and Prince Harry’s upcoming memoir Spare.

‘He is already spilling the beans,’ he told Susanna Reid and Ed Balls. ‘We’ve also had pictures in The Sun with his hands all over a female TV producer which doesn’t look good for the royals and probably will be embarrassing for Zara.’

Jack Royston (pictured) has slammed the former ruby star’s appearance, claiming it ‘blows up that mystique and mystery and enigma that surrounds them’

Mike Tindall (pictured) shocked the group with a hidden talent, revealing he could rap to a string of eighties and nineties hits

Yesterday’s episode saw Mike, 44, telling other contestants how he met his wife Zara Tindall – the niece of King Charles III – in Sydney, in 2003. 

He told campmates that the pair ‘went out for lunch locally’ and it ended up being ‘quite boozy’. 

‘Then we figure out we both quite like getting smashed,’ Mike joked.

He also shocked the group with a hidden talent, revealing he could rap to a string of eighties and nineties hits, leaving viewers ‘speechless’ as he demonstrated his skills in camp.

Culture expert Nick Ede also appeared on Good Morning Britain today, defending the ex-rugby player

Branding him a ‘rather fantastic man’, Nick (right) also said that Mike is a safe bet to send into the show because of his friendly relationship to the whole family. Jack pictured left

Fans pointed out that Mike’s royal in-laws must know about his hidden talent while his campmates were quick to dub him ‘Vanilla Mike’.

After an awe-struck reaction from his campmates, Mike gleefully added that he also knew the lyrics to DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince Boom! Shake the Room.

Jack was not impressed, and said that Mike will make the Royal Family look ‘cheap’.

‘We’re waiting for Harry’s memoir, it’s going to come out it’s gonna be full of all these bombshells,’ the expert today explained. ‘And then all of this machinery of royal sources and Palace sources and so on will kick into gear to say he’s cashing in on his royal fame and his royal connection.’

He continued: ‘Who enters this tinderbox environment from stage left? None other than Mike Tindall carrying a plate of kangaroo bum.’

After an awe-struck reaction from his campmates, Mike gleefully added that he also knew the lyrics to DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince Boom! Shake the Room

However others appear to be enjoying Mike’s appearance on the programme.

Culture expert Nick Ede also appeared on Good Morning Britain today, defending the ex-rugby player. 

‘I really think he could be the new King of the jungle because he has got such a great personality,’ he said. ‘You’ve got to remember he was a celebrity before he was part of the royal family.’

Branding him a ‘rather fantastic man’, Nick also said that Mike is a safe bet to send into the show because of his friendly relationship to the whole family.

‘From a PR point of view this is a great thing for them because all eyes are going to be on The Crown, all eyes are going to be on Harry’s book and actually this is a really positive way of showing him as a really fun person who’s part of a great family,’ he added. 

Yesterday’s episode saw Mike, 44, telling other contestants how he met his wife Zara Tindall – the niece of King Charles III – in Sydney, in 2003. The couple pictured in 2011

‘He’s also going to show that he’s extremely inclusive. We can see already that’s got this power to make sure everyone’s together, especially during not particularly good raps…he’s really good fun.’

Jack however also stressed his worry that the move will influence other members of the royal family, and encourage them to cash in on their connection to the monarch.

He said people in the ‘outer orbit’ of the family could potentially all go out and start doing stuff like this’

‘You know, how are you going to say to Pippa Middleton, for example, who hasn’t even married a member of the royal family that she shouldn’t do any media appearance she wants to,’ he told presenters. ‘What’s to stop Pippa Middleton from being CNN’s next on-contract royal expert.’

Further citing the Middletons as an example, Jack claimed that they could make more of their connections to the Crown, ‘but they don’t because they’re team players’.

However, Nick insisted Mike would bring the royals good publicity, saying that he’s not only charismatic, but has his own life and work outside the monarchy.

‘Remember, lots pf people talk about taxpayers’ money and the royals absorbing all this money,’ he said. ‘He is getting his own money on his own merit and actually earning a living which is a really good thing to see.’

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