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The Queen's Granddaughter Zara Tindall Opens Up About Her Two Miscarriages

She speaks movingly about how supportive her family was at a difficult time.
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In a new piece in the Sunday Times, the Queen's granddaughter Zara Tindall is opening up about the two miscarriages she suffered between the births of her 4-year-old daughter Mia and her newborn baby Lena.

"I had a miscarriage in 2016 and afterwards loads of people wrote to me and Mike [Zara's husband, Mike Tindall] to say they’d been through the same thing," she says. "In our case, it was something that was really rare; it was nature saying, 'This one’s not right.'"

She says her family members, especially her brother Peter, were a source of strength for her during the difficult period.

"At the time, Pete was again very much the protective brother; he was very concerned about me, as was Mike," she says. "Everyone was. It was a time when my family came to the fore and I needed them. I had to go through having the baby because it was so far along."

Tindall also shared that the worst part of the situation was having to tell everyone. Right before Christmas in 2016, the Tindalls shared the news of Zara's miscarriage with the public. "Very sadly, Zara and Mike Tindall have lost their baby. At this difficult time, we ask that everyone respects their privacy," reads a statement from a spokesperson for the family.

"For me, the worst bit was that we had to tell everyone," Zara says. "Everyone knew."

Perhaps that's why she kept her second miscarriage more private.

"I then had another miscarriage really early on," she continued. "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."

Zara's brother Peter Philips was also interviewed for the story, and he sang his younger sister's praises for her successes both as an equestrian and as a mother.

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"That rather annoying little sister is now a well-respected equestrian and an exceptional mother," he said.

"If my daughters come close to achieving what Zara’s achieved, I’d be happy."

This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com.
* Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors.

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