FROM Lady Amelia Windsor posing topless on the beach, to Meghan Markle’s baby shower, a number of royals have been accused of being “rebels” over the years – including Zara Tindall.
The Queen’s eldest granddaughter was forced to deny claims she had been straying from royal tradition, after she was pictured with a tongue piercing when she was 17.
Zara unveiled the piercing at Charles’ 50th[/caption]
In an unearthed interview with Tatler magazine in 2011, Zara laughed off her image as a “royal rebel”, explaining these days, she’s more likely to be found cooking spaghetti bolognese for her husband, Mike Tindall.
“At least I didn’t have it coming out of my nose, or anything,” she said at the time.
The daughter of Princess Anne famously revealed her tongue stud to the rest of the royal family at Prince Charles’ 50th birthday party in 1998.
It’s reported that she had the piercing at a tattoo parlour close to her boarding school – the Gordonstoun School in Moray, Scotland.
At the time, it was believed that Princess Anne didn’t mind, but asked if she was still able to speak properly.
It was also rumoured that the royal had a belly button piercing.
While there are no official “rules” on piercings within the royal family, it’s thought there are stricter traditions to adhere to for senior members of the firm.
And Zara, 38, isn’t the only royal to have one or two, with the likes of Lady Amelia Windsor – who has piercings along her ear lobe and mid-helix – and Lady Marina Windsor, who was spotted with a tragus piercing in 2012.
Earlier this week, a royal expert claimed the Queen has a “tighter bond with Zara and husband Mike than she does with Kate and William”.
Ingrid Seward, Editor-in-Chief of Majesty Magazine, told Fabulous Digital that the Queen likes to be around the Tindalls as they seem more “normal” than the Cambridges.
She added: “The Queen has always adored Zara and is so proud of her riding success.
“They have a lot in common as they talk horses and the Queen has invested in several horses for her.”
Zara has previously said she is “lucky” her parents didn’t give her a royal title.
Neither of Princess Anne’s children, Zara and older brother Peter, were entitled to royal status through birth, as typically titles are given to a monarch’s grandkids though sons.
However, keen for her only daughter’s children to not miss out, the Queen extended the honour to Princess Anne’s offspring too.
However, the invitation was turned down, following in the footsteps of Zara and Peter’s dad Captain Mike Phillips refusing a title as a wedding gift.
Zara told The Times in 2015: “I’m very lucky that both my parents decided to not use the title and we grew up and did all the things that gave us the opportunity to do.”
Zara said she is lucky she doesn’t have a title[/caption]
Former Buckingham Palace press secretary Dickie Arbiter said: “It was a masterstroke of the Princess Royal when she decided not to give her children titles.
“Growing up as a commoner allowed Zara to thrive as her own woman, and there has never been pressure on her to conform. She has benefited from it in all sorts of ways.”
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