Mike Tindall recalls awkward meeting with King Charles after copying wife Zara

Mike Tindall has opened up about how he nearly made a faux pas when greeting the new monarch, King Charles III.

Mike, 43, is married to Queen Elizabeth II's granddaughter Zara Tindall, the daughter of Charles's sister, Princess Anne.

Speaking on his sports podcast, The Good, The Bad, and The Rugby, the former rugby player told his fellow hosts James Haskell and Alex Payne that he almost curtseyed the King.

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Royal protocol dictates that upon meeting the monarch, men should bow with their neck, not bending their waist, while women are meant to curtsy.

Mike said: "You know when you're following a routine? I almost curtseyed to the King the other day.

"Without thinking about it. I was just following my wife, saw her curtsey, and I, fortunately, didn't."

He manged to style out his curtsy by turning it into a "lower bow".

He admitted to listeners of the podcast that he may have looked as though he'd "stubbed my toe or something on the floor."

Mike also spoke candidly about how the Royal Family had responded to the Queen's death.

He told his co-hosts: "It's been sad, emotional but happy. In some ways amazing. To see the family come so close together overnight.

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"You never predict it. A 96-year-old lady, you know it's going to happen but you're never ready for when it does.

"Watching what Zara had to go through, obviously she loved the Queen beyond everything else.

"Their connection with horses, they had a real bond around that. It's like the world has lost its grandmother in some way."

Upon previously speaking about the Queen and the Royal Family, Mike said: "I’ve always felt part of it and I think that’s down to what an amazing woman the Queen is. They’re a fantastic family."

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