Zara Tindall has given birth to a son, who has been named Lucas Philip Tindall, she and her husband Mike have announced.
The baby was born at home, Mike Tindall revealed on his rugby podcast: “Sunday got even better because a little baby boy arrived at my house,” he said.
They live on the Princess Royal’s Gatcombe Park estate in Gloucestershire, as does Anne, and Zara’s brother Peter Phillips and his family – operating together as a farm in a bubble during lockdown.
Lucas was born on Sunday 21 March at 6pm, and weighing 8lbs 4oz.
Tindall said his son was born on the bathroom floor after the couple were unable to make it to hospital.
“Arrived very quickly. Didn’t make it to hospital. On the bathroom floor,” he said.
Tindall described how he rushed to get a mat for his wife: “It was running to the gym, get a mat, get into the bathroom, get the mat on the floor, towels down, brace, brace, brace.”
22nd in line to the throne
The baby’s birth comes just a few weeks after Zara’s cousin Princess Eugenie had her son August on 9 February.
Baby Lucas is the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh’s 10th great-grandchild, meaning the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s expected baby girl – due this summer – will be the 11th.
But Lucas is only 22nd in line to the throne.
Ahead of the birth, the couple, who already have two daughters – Mia, seven, and two-year-old Lena – revealed they were not finding out the sex beforehand.
They said they were hoping for a boy, but did not mind as long as the baby was healthy.
‘School bills, fees to pay...’
In February, Mr Tindall admitted he always worries about money and that being part of the royal family but needing to work has both “benefits” and “negatives”.
In an interview with The Times, the former England rugby star (who retired in 2014 and whose income from speeches and dinners has been impacted by the pandemic), said: “You always worry about money.”
He described himself as very fortunate in knowing he had money coming in from ambassadorial roles, but said sponsorships “won’t last forever.
“You’ve got to plan, and now, with a third on the way and what’s coming down the line in terms of school bills, fees to pay…,” he said.
He described being part of the royal family but needing to work as “something you just get used to”.
Zara earns money from sponsorships and other ventures, while Tindall currently co-hosts a podcast – The Good, The Bad And The Rugby. He has also made television appearances including taking part in The Jump and Bear Grylls: Mission Survive.