Princess Anne and Family

Peter Phillips opens up about the ‘tough times’ following Zara’s second miscarriage

Peter Phillips, The Queen’s eldest grandchild and the only son of the Princess Royal, has opened up about the ‘tough time’ his family faced following his sister’s second miscarriage.

Peter, who is the elder brother of Zara Tindall, spoke of how the family rallied around Zara and Mike following her miscarriage last year.

Speaking on Good Morning Britain, Peter said: “Of course you want to be protective of her, it’s a testament to us as a family that she did manage to go through the second miscarriage without the world knowing.

The 40-year-old continued: “We all rallied round and it was a really tough time for her and Mike and fortunately we all live relatively close to one another so it was good to be there to be supportive.”

Peter then went on to praise Zara and Mike for the way they are bringing up young Mia and Lena, who was born just a couple of months ago.

He said: “She’s a fantastic mother and yes she still is that annoying little sister that never changes but she is a fantastic mother and that never changes.

“Mia’s growing up in a loving home and now Lena is going to do exactly the same. They’re very versatile children and when you grow up on the road in the equestrian world you have a very big family that’s always there to help and support.”

Last week, Zara revealed that she had suffered a second miscarriage in the time between her first one and her pregnancy with Lena.

Zara said: “I think you need to go through a period where you don’t talk about it because it’s too raw.

“But, as with everything, time’s a great healer.”