I’m A Celeb fans gobsmacked as royal Zara Phillips greets Mike Tindall on the bridge


I’M A Celebrity fans were left gobsmacked this evening as Zara Phillips met her husband Mike Tindall, 44, on the famous bridge.

The 41-year-old, who is the  late Queen’s granddaughter, is the first royal to ever appear on the show.

Zara surprised Mike by meeting him in Australia

The pair embraced after weeks apart

Zara looked amazing in a playsuit

Zara, who was dressed in a blue playsuit, was seen running to hug her husband after he lost out on a place in the final this evening after 22 days in camp.

Matt Hancock, Owen Warner and Jill Scott become the final three standing and they will battle it out to be named king or queen of the jungle tomorrow night.

Hugging Zara, he said: “I have missed you so much.”

Speaking to Ant and Dec about his experience, he said: “It has been a lot of laughs.

“I mean that is the best thing you can get through anything when the humour is good and in all fairness to everyone, everyone has their distinct humour and Seann will always stick in my head. I just love that guy.”

Mike added: “Coming in I wasn’t worried about the stay, I wasn’t worried about the food, I sort of got myself in that place, my experience was going to be what happened in camp and the trials because I knew that Mia would want me to do trials with creepy crawlies because that is just how she likes it.”

Former England rugby ace, Mike,  became the Australian-based show’s biggest signing when he agreed to be part of the celebrity cast this year.

And he went on to win over fans with his sense of humour, stoicism during gruesome Bushtucker Trials and eye-catching budgie-smuggler pants.

His stint has also seen him give fascinating insights into the Royal Family and his relationship with Zara, who he married in 2011.

He told campmates that the pair met when he went for a drink to let off steam after being dropped from the World Cup squad.

He added: “First actual date, just went out for lunch and it ended up being quite a boozy one. Then we figured out that we both quite like getting smashed.”

In a later episode, when quizzed by Owen Warner if her status made him feel pressured, he replied: “No, because we were friends first.

“Then William and Harry were massive rugby fans at the time, so we’d met them numerous times. Met more of the family than you’d normally have met of the woman you start dating.”

Zara — King Charles’ niece — has also been heard in the Jungle herself, after she penned a letter to Mike that was read aloud in the camp.

She wrote: “‘Hi my love. We are missing you so much and really needing some papa hugs, but glad you’re sharing them with your campmates.

“The girls are enjoying sports and throwing themselves into everything at the moment and the little man is loving life, smashing it up, learning some new words.”

Mike and Zara, who have been together for 18 years, have three children: Mia, eight, Lena, four and Lucas, aged one.