‘A trip to Waitrose on a rainy afternoon and a DVD’: Queen’s granddaughter Zara Phillips says her life is not all glamour and pomp and she craves low-key domesticity instead
The Queen's grand-daughter Zara Phillips prefers a low-key, every day lifeShe has been busy with her equestrian career, including winning Olympic silverMarried to rugby player Mike Tindall for a year, they have not had time to book a honeymoon
She prefers wearing jeans and a hooded jumper to dresses and her riding kit
21:43 GMT, 31 August 2012
Prefers everyday life: While she loved winning Olympic silver, Zara Phillips prefers the simple pleasures including a trip to Waitrose to the glamour of life in the Royal Family
She may be the Queen’s grand-daughter and one of our Olympic medallists to boot, but Zara Phillips craves a low-key domesticity which couldn’t be further from life in the Royal Family.
Instead of pomp and glamour, it is the simple pleasures of buying new shoes, a trip to Waitrose or a rainy afternoon spent watching a DVD that she dreams of, she revealed today.
But for the time being at least, what to many of us is a day-to-day reality remains a distant dream for the 31-year-old.
Fresh from winning silver as part of
our eventing team, she remains so busy with her equestrian career that
even a year after her wedding to rugby player Mike Tindall, they still
have not had time to book a honeymoon.
told how she was ‘still living the Olympic dream’ and revelling in
being part of the record-breaking GB squad, but also looking forward to a
return to normality.
often means getting back to the yard in the middle of the night, faced
with an hour’s work unloading the horses and their kit with another
early start to look forward to in the morning.
assume I always look like I do in my riding kit or in a dress at a
social event, but the day-to-day me is driving around in my filthy car
with my dogs in the boot, wearing a pair of jeans and a hoody,’ she
‘On the rare occasion that we do get a
weekend off, we enjoy spending it together at our home in Cheltenham,
with the dogs of course.
make a quick detour past Waitrose on the way back from the yard and
Mike and I will cook something easy for supper – probably Italian.’
the eventing season comes to an end in October, a typical Saturday
night would be an evening in the local pub with friends – something of a
contrast to her cousin Prince Harry’s style of letting his hair down.
Then a Sunday will see her go swimming followed by a chance to catch up on ‘all the chores I haven’t done’.
‘I enjoy having Sunday lunch with the family and, when it’s cold and wet outside, watching a film afterwards,’ she added.
Busy in equestrian career: Phillips said she was still 'living the Olympic dream' after she was presented her medal by her mother Princess Anne, but was looking forward to returning to normality
In the interview, Phillips described her favourite item of clothing as ‘my jeans’ and her greatest weakness as ‘shoes’.
Her favourite things are her husband, her dogs, her family and friends, her car and her Galaxy tablet computer, she said, while asked what she would have been in another life she replied ‘a sport physio’.
On Sunday, Phillips and the rest of the GB eventing quintet will be reunited as they show off their medals at the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials.
Favourites: Her husband, rugby player Mike Tindall, her dogs and her family and friends are some of her favourite things
No time for honeymoon: Even after a year of marriage Phillips and Tindall have still not had time to book a honeymoon
While thrilled with their silver, she
admitted to still being disappointed not to have managed the clear
round in the showjumping that might have seen them win gold.
‘I couldn’t believe how much support we got from the home crowd,’ she said.
was unreal and wonderful – and the crowds were even louder on
cross-country day’ – which happened to be her first wedding anniversary.
More horse riding: On Sunday Phillips will join the GB team again at the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials
Favourite clothing: While most people assume she likes getting dressed up, right, or wearing her riding kit, left, for day-to-day life she picks jeans, her 'favourite item of clothing', and a hooded jumper
The following day, Phillips and her
horse, High Kingdom, picked up seven penalties in the show jumping, the
final phase, and the team lost out on gold to Germany.
‘Yes, I was disappointed in myself for what happened,’ she said.
would have loved to have gone clear but that is the nature of sport –
if it was easy then the achievements wouldn’t mean so much.
was delighted with our silver medal. You can always look back at what
might have been, but the team still came away with a good result at our
Disappointed with showjumping: While thrilled with silver, Phillips admitted being disappointed not to have managed the clear round in showjumping that might have seen the team win gold
Phillips and the rest of the eventing team stayed at the Olympic Village, and were as caught up in the spirit of the Games as the rest of the country.
‘I felt so honoured to be part of the whole thing, to be there with all those athletes, looking back on so many incredible triumphs,’ she said.
With the eventing season still in full flow, Phillips has had little time to look back on her success.
And she revealed she and Tindall still have no idea when they will fit in a honeymoon more than a year after their wedding, not least with the new rugby season about to start.
‘We’d love to go somewhere hot or skiing but who knows when we’ll get the chance’ she said.