I'm A Celeb: Mike Tindall's reply when asked if he sought permission

‘It’s not something I need to tell you’: Mike Tindall’s blunt reply when asked if he sought permission from the Royal Household before signing up for I’m A Celeb as he arrives in Brisbane

  • Mike Tindall commented on whether he asked permission from Royal Household 
  • The 44-year-old has arrived in Australia ahead of his appearance on I’m A Celeb
  • When asked: ‘Initial reports said you sought permission from certain members of the royal household, is that true?’, Mike said: ‘It’s not something I need to tell you’

Mike Tindall has commented on whether he asked permission from the Royal Household before agreeing to take part in I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!.

The former England rugby player, 44, who married King Charles’s niece Zara Phillips, 41, in 2011, has arrived in Australia as he prepares to become the first ever Royal Family member to appear on the popular ITV show. 

When asked by The Mirror: ‘Initial reports said you sought permission from certain members of the royal household, is that true?’, Mike replied: ‘It’s not something I need to tell you though is it.’

Last week, The Times reported that the father-of-three ‘did not seek permission’ from the monarch to appear on the reality TV programme, in a gig rumoured to be netting Mike £150,000.

Ten celebrities will be entering the jungle on day one with more expected to follow at later dates. 

Mike cut a casual figure as he landed at Brisbane Airport, donning a baseball cap, dark sunglasses, a colourful T-shirt and jeans. 

Mike Tindall (pictured in Brisbane Airport) has commented on whether he asked permission from the Royal Household before agreeing to take part in I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!

The former England rugby player, 44, who married King Charles’s niece Zara Phillips, 41, in 2011, has arrived in Australia as he prepares to become the first ever Royal Family member to appear on the popular ITV show. Pictured, Charles on October 3 2022

He told The Sun: ‘It’s probably one of the longest times we’ve been away completely with no communication. When you go away you still have communication, so that’s obviously going to be the hardest bit.

‘You’ve just got to get your head around doing what you’re doing and try and win some stars and stuff and see where you go from there. I want to win stars because I want to eat!

‘The hanger is always going to be the biggest thing you have got to worry about but I’ve also got three kids, so dealing with lack of sleep comes with the territory.’

The father-of-three said Australia has a special place in his heart as he met his wife in Sydney. 

Asked how she felt about him going on the show, he joked: ‘She is fine, otherwise I wouldn’t have done it would I?’

He said he was not thinking about being crowned king of the jungle and said he hopes the experience will be ‘good fun’, although he admitted he ‘might regret it.’  

Mike Tindall arriving at Brisbane airport in Australia ahead of his appearance on I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here!

The former England rugby international had been rumoured for weeks as having signed on for the show before last night’s confirmation


The 44-year-old cuts a casual figure as he arrived at Brisbane airport, donning a baseball cap, dark sunglasses, T-shirt and jeans

Popular culture and brand expert Nick Ede previously told MailOnline that the show will be a great move for ‘brand Tindall’.

‘I am sure Mike will have been paid in excess of £150,000 to appear, but the true value of the show is what you do after it,’ he told Femail.

‘Whether he gets a prime role as a sports pundit or panelist or host of a show who knows but for “brand Tindall” this is a great step and will increase his celebrity equity ten fold. All eyes will be on Mike this year.’

He also believes that Mike’s ‘devotion’ to his wife made him popular with Brits, after he married into the Royal Family and became the son-in-law of Princess Anne in 2011.

He added: ‘There may well be two kings in the Royal Family this year – one of the crown and one of the jungle.’

Royal: Rounding out the ten who will enter the jungle on day one is former rugby player Mike Tindall (pictured with his wife Zara on their wedding day) 

Presenters Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly have also landed Down Under, marking the first time the series is back in Australia since 2019.

Leading this year’s line-up is singer Boy George, who has secured the biggest pay cheque in the show’s history to take part.

I’m A Celebrity 2022: Full line-up

Boy George 

Occupation: Singer

Age: 61

Olivia Attwood

Occupation: Reality TV star

Age: 31

Owen Warner

Occupation: Actor

Age: 23

Babatunde Aleshe 

Occupation: Comedian

Age: 34

Chris Moyles

Occupation: Radio presenter

Age: 48 

Jill Scott

Occupation: Footballer

Age: 35

Charlene White

Occupation: Journalist and presenter

Age: 42

Mike Tindall

Occupation: Former rugby player

Age: 44

Scarlette Douglas

Occupation: TV presenter

Age: 35

Sue Cleaver

Occupation: Actor

Age: 59 

Seann Walsh

Occupation: Comedian

Age: 36 

MailOnline revealed the Karma Chameleon hitmaker secured a payday of almost $1million (£870,000) for his appearance, with a source saying: ‘It’s been a long time since we had a huge global star film the show and he will no doubt draw viewers.

‘He’s a national treasure and we have no doubt viewers will make him king of jungle.’

The Culture Club singer may avoid many of the show’s eating challenges which involve digesting various creepy crawlies as he adheres to a vegan diet.

Olivia Attwood has already landed in Australia and was spotted in Brisbane airport in recent days as she gears up for the jungle.

The 31-year-old is no stranger to reality TV, having first found fame on Love Island in 2017 before going on to appear on The Only Way Is Essex. 

Hollyoaks actor Owen Warner has also joined this year’s line-up and admitted that he is ‘always looking for romance’.

He told The Daily Mirror: ‘My mum is the one who is going to be the one missing me. I am single and ready for the jungle!’

‘I am always looking for romance but I am not going in especially for that. I will miss football and family most.’ 

Owen previously dated Geordie Shore star Chloe Ferry, but the couple split last summer amid claims he reportedly messaged glamour model, Apollonia Llewellyn, begging to meet up. 

News presenter Charlene White has also signed up for the show, swapping her regular seat on the Loose Women panel for the jungle.

A source told The Sun bosses are hoping she gives her fellow campmates a grilling: ‘She’s got some strong opinions, but is really personable and will be good value around the Aussie campfire.

‘They hope her journalistic background means she will eke out some illuminating conversations from her campmates, which shouldn’t be hard given some of the people she’ll be sleeping in a bunk next to.’

Chris Moyles was one of the first star’s spotted arriving in Australia ahead of the series, with the radio DJ said to have been top of producers’ wishlist for a number of years.

Speaking about the show, Moyles told The Sun: ‘I have absolutely no idea what my family and friends would think of me doing a show like I’m A Celebrity. 

‘I have never asked them. But I think they would be much more nervous about me doing Antiques Roadshow. It should be nice, fingers crossed anyway.’

Retired England star Jill Scott was also spotted arriving in Australia after being part of the rumoured lineup.

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