Teary Zara Tindall opens up about her two heartbreaking miscarriages

By Jessica Pollack

Zara Tindall became a mother for the second time this year on June 18, but she and husband Mike Tindall suffered two heartbreaking miscarriages in the process. The Queen's granddaughter appeared on BBC Breakfast in an emotional interview with Sally Nugent, during which she tearfully discussed having to reveal to the world that she'd lost a baby. "I think that's the hardest thing in our situation, is that everyone knew," she said. "And very much when things like that happen, normally it's just your family and friends, but unfortunately everyone knew about it."

Zara was almost in tears while talking about her miscarriages. Photo: © BBC

Zara revealed her first miscarriage in 2016, one month after announcing the news that the couple was expecting. This past July, she was finally ready to share that she had in fact lost another baby, though it was "too raw" to talk about at the time. The 37-year-old and her rugby player husband, 39, welcomed their second child, Lena, to the fold this summer, giving three-year-old Mia a little sister to play with. And she recognizes that there may be a silver lining, saying, "Being helpless is horrible... actually we've now come out the end of it, hopefully it makes you a stronger family."

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Another silver lining was the outpouring of kind words and support that the Olympian received from fans. "Actually I had so many letters saying, 'I'm so sorry, we've been through the same thing', which was incredible - and thank you to all those people. But it just showed how often it does happen and I have a very supportive family, Mike's incredible - and it's hard for the guys too," she explained. "It's very different for us because we're carrying the child, but for guys I guess it's kind of that helpless feeling, which must be incredibly high and horrible for them. At the end of the day they've still lost a child too."

Zara also had family to lean on, as she told Sunday Times. "It was a time when my family came to the fore and I needed them. You need to go through a period where you don't talk about it because it's too raw, but, as with everything, time's a great healer." When the couple revealed their first miscarriage, Mike spoke to the outlet about how big a role their daughter played in their healing. "The saving grace for us has been Mia, our daughter who is now three," he said. "However down we feel she will come running up in our faces. When I was playing [rugby] I hardly saw her; now we can see her grow up. 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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