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Mike Tindall opens up about wife Zara's tragic miscarriage for the first time

The former rugby star said daughter Mia had been the couple's 'saving grace'

Gemma Strong

Zara Tindall's husband, former rugby star Mike Tindall, has spoken for the first time about his wife's miscarriage. On Christmas Eve, less than one month after announcing the news that they were expecting their second child together, the couple revealed that Zara, 35, had tragically suffered a miscarriage. "One thing you do learn is how many other people have to go through the same thing," Mike, 38, said in an interview with the Sunday Times. He also revealed how the couple's three-year-old daughter Mia helped them to cope with their loss.

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Mike Tindall has spoken about wife Zara's miscarriage for the first time

"The saving grace for us has been Mia, our daughter who is now three," Mike, 38, said. "However down we feel she will come running up in our faces. When I was playing [rugby] I hardly saw her; now we can see her grow up. I can take her swimming and I can take her to Ninja Tots. You'll never be able to see her there because she disappears in a puff of smoke."

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Mike described daughter Mia as their "saving grave"

Little Mia is known for stealing the show – from posing with her great-grandmother the Queen's handbag during an official photo, to getting kisses from Zara's cousin Prince Harry at polo events. "She's got quite a little personality on her, and we encourage that," Mike previously told Good Morning Britain. Zara, meanwhile, has spoken about the emphasis the couple put on Mia having an active lifestyle. "We have always had sport in our lives and through our childhood," she said. "I think that really is important in every child's life to have that opportunity. I think we got it off our parents and hopefully we can pass that on to Mia."