Mike Tindall carries out rare engagement with senior royal for cause close to his heart

Mike joined the Queen’s cousin the Duchess of Gloucester for a virtual engagement earlier this week. The former England champion took part in a video meeting with Duchess Birgitte as the patron of Cure Parkinson’s trust, a charity focused on finding treatments and a cure for this progressive neurological disease.

The Duchess of Gloucester spoke to Mike in her role as a patron of Parkinson’s UK.

Their meeting was recorded in the Court Circular, the royal diary noting every royal engagement carried out by senior royals.

An entry dated April 7 read: “The Duchess of Gloucester, Patron, Parkinson’s UK, this morning held a meeting with Mr Michael Tindall (Patron, Cure Parkinson’s) via video link.”

The joint engagement was recorded under the Kensington Palace household, where the Gloucesters live.

The Court Circular registered this engagement as both Birgitte and her husband Prince Richard are senior royals and patron of dozens of organisations who often work behind the scenes in support of the Queen.

The Duchess has been the royal patron of Parkinson’s UK since 1996 and has supported several of the events hosted by the charity.

The call took place in the run-up to World Parkinson’s Day, which is marked on April 11 every year.

Mike, who lives with Zara and their three children at Gatcombe Park in Gloucestershire, joined the Cure Parkinson’s trust as patron in 2018.

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Raising funds and awareness on this disease is particularly important for Mike, as his father Philip has been living with this illness since 2003.

In 2017, Mike candidly spoke about how the disease is affecting his father.

Appearing on Good Morning Britain to promote a charity golf day, the former rugby player said: “It’s difficult with him and for everyone…


“It’s difficult for everyone who has it to come to terms with losing that strength.

“He’s had to adapt to a lot in the last few years.

“He still wants to get out there with Mia.

“Unfortunately he can’t do it to the same level he wants to, his brain wants to.

“You can see it’s frustrating for him. I would love to see my dad get back what he’s losing over time.”

Mike also revealed his father struggled at his nuptials with Zara in September 2011 and had an operation on his spine shortly afterwards.

In June 2020, Mike took on the Raid Local Cycle Challenge organised by his charity, its first virtual cycling event which saw participants cycling 137km in their local area to help raise funds.

Mike paid tribute to his dad upon the birth of his first son in March, as he named him Lucas Philip in his honour.

The baby was born on the bathroom floor of the Tindalls’ residence, as revealed by Mike during the podcast he co-hosts The Good, The Bad & The Rugby.

He recalled: “Arrived very quickly. Didn’t make it to hospital. On the bathroom floor.

“So yeah, it was running to the gym, get a mat, get into the bathroom, get the mat on the floor, towels down, brace, brace, brace.”

The boy has two elder sisters, seven-year-old Mia and two-year-old Lena.

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