Mike Tindall says he wants to keep 2-year-old daughter close to home for school

By Stephanie Petit
Updated June 05, 2016 03:20 PM
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Just because you’re the great-granddaughter of Queen Elizabeth II doesn’t mean you have to go to boarding school.

Although Zara Tindall and many other members of the royal family were sent away to esteemed boarding schools, Mike Tindall has other plans for 2-year-old daughter Mia.

“I’m certainly not keen on sending Mia away to a boarding school at the other end of the country,” the retired rugby player told the Daily Mail at London’s Abbey Road studios, where he was supporting a fundraising event for children’s charity Hope and Homes.

Mike, who was a day student at a private school in Wakefield, England, as a child, would prefer Mia to follow a similar path.

“Personally, I’d rather she attend a school that’s nearby, where we’ll always be on hand if she needs us,” he said. “Anything else goes against my instincts.”

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Zara, Prince Philip and Prince Charles all attended Gordonstoun, an elite boarding school in northern Scotland. Prince William and Prince Harry both attended the similarly prestigious Ludgrove School before going away to Eton.

However, Mia’s cousin Prince George began attending Westacre Montessori School, a moderately-priced nursery school in Norfolk, this year. If George follows in his father’s footsteps, he may go to boarding school when he turns 8.

Mike is ready to go against the traditional route in order to stay close to his daughter.

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“I know many people who say boarding was the making of them because they forged great independence from their parents, but I don’t really want her to be distanced from us,” he said.

As for now, Mia is enjoying life as a toddler at home. “She loves being outside and is full of life,” Mike recently told Hello! magazine at his recent 4th annual ISPS Handa Celebrity Golf Classic in support of Rugby for Heroes and the Matt Hampson Foundation for those with disabilities. “She also loves fairground rides and trampolines. We have a trampoline in the back garden and she would happily bounce on it most of the day.”