Some of the well-meaning banter between alpha males can sometimes get out of hand.
But apparently that wasn’t the case, as Prince William, 39, and Mike Tindall, 43, were having a good time.
As they are under the careful gaze of the ex-England rugby star’s wife Zara – who is William’s cousin, after all – there is only one way to end… a man’s hug.
The men attended the Holden International Race in Norfolk yesterday in support of Zara, who has been racing.
The Tyndalls’ one-year-old son Lucas was seen taking his first steps publicly at the playground before being carried away by his eight-year-old sister Mia.
The couple’s other daughter, Lena, three, also attended the event at Houghton Hall, not far from William and Kate’s country home in Anmer Hall, Sandringham estate.
Prince William (centre) played a small joke with Mike Tindall (left) at the Horton International in Norfolk yesterday in support of Zara Tindall (right), who has been racing
Prince William (centre) gestures with his cousin’s husband Mike Tindall (left)
As they watch closely under the watchful eye of the ex-England rugby star’s wife Zara – who is William’s cousin after all – there is only one way to end… a man’s hug
The Tyndalls’ one-year-old son Lucas was seen making his first steps at the playground (left) before being carried away by his eight-year-old sister Mia (right)
Eight-year-old Mia took her siblings around the Norfolk venue while her father watched carefully after being entrusted with paying for the ride.
The thrill-seeking family looked in high spirits, with three-year-old Lena smiling brightly as she took part in a bungee jumping trip to the playground.
Mike Tindall, who is married to the Queen’s eldest granddaughter, looked casual by pairing a grey jacket with jeans and a hat.
He was mindful of the children’s safety throughout his time in Norfolk and was seen extending his arms to Lena as she bounced on the bungee jump.
Mia Tindall, 8, joined her siblings Lena, 3, and Lucas, 1, on rides that included teacups on Saturday as their Dad Mike watched at Norfolk playground on Saturday
Mike (pictured left) had a fun day in a grey jacket, hat and jeans while wife Zara took part in the Houghton Hall race
The former rugby player was seen walking around the field with his one-year-old son Lucas (pictured left), who is keen to have fun with his sisters
Lucas was spotted taking his first steps in public as he walked confidently alongside father-of-three Mike as the crowd watched
Lucas looked cute in dark trousers and a turquoise sweater as he showed a desire to get involved in the amusement park
Mia, who is 22nd on the throne, is clearly confident in the entertainment, practicing somersaults, lifting her hands from her seat belt and her legs high.
Mike wholeheartedly supports his daughter’s antics, keeps Lucas entertained, and makes sure the child has a full picture of what’s going on before giving the one-year-old a chance to engage in baby-friendly activities.
The siblings carry their teacups, Lucas sits on Mia’s lap, and Mike lets them spend time playing with each other.
After a successful somersault, Mia continued to bounce on the bungee jumping with a smug smile
Mike put Lucas on his shoulder and watched Lena, three, have fun on bungee jumping
Zara, an accomplished equestrian and Olympian, missed the fun as she was busy competing in the Houghton Hall Horse Trials.
Princess Anne’s daughter, an accomplished equestrian and Olympian, has a relatively low public profile and regularly attends sporting events on weekends.
Mike and their three children continue to show their support by competing in Zara.
This weekend’s outing comes as the royal family, without an HRH title, launches its own website to celebrate her sporting success. The glossy new website – zaratindall.com – makes no mention of her royal connections.
Mia was spotted getting her brother Lucas on different rides
Former rugby player Mike entrusts Mia to pay for rides as she explores playground with siblings
Mia and Lena are seen trying their luck at a card game while Mike and Lucas cheer for their efforts
Lucas looks eager to win something for himself as he stands at a hoopla booth next to Mia
The site was created by Equimi after Zara became a brand ambassador for the company, which designs online pages for equestrian athletes. It barely mentions her family life, and there is no indication that her mother is a royal princess.
The page also features a Rolex ad as a banner and lists and links to her many sponsors, including Landrover and Equine America.
Her resume reads: “Just seven months after the birth of her first child in January 2014, Zara competed at the highest level again and won a team silver medal at the 2014 Normandy World Equestrian Games. .
In April 2017, she finished third in the High Kingdom race at the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Race, before giving birth to her second child in the spring of 2018.
Mia, Lena and Lucas seem to be having fun as they get together for a teacup ride
The siblings were able to keep in touch throughout the day as their mother Zara competed in the Houghton Hall Horse Trials
“Since then, Zara has regularly participated in national and international events.”
Zara also lists all eight of her current and previous horses on the page, along with links to her results and a “news” page with updates about her career.
Despite being the Queen’s eldest granddaughter, Zara does not hold an HRH title and is not a serving royal.
Her deal with Equimi is the latest in a long line of sponsorships and brand collaborations with Zara, which has been able to capitalize on her unique position as a royal but not to the greatest advantage.
The mother-of-three is also a brand ambassador for Rolex and Musto, and has her own jewellery collection in partnership with Australian brand Cajella, which experts estimate could be worth £1.1 million or more a year.
Through their work, Zara and Mike have managed to enjoy a “normal” life – at least in royal circles – and to live in relative privacy with their daughter, but still from the lucrative connection they’ve gained benefit, at least in part, due to their position in the royal family.
Tindalls also spends a lot of time on philanthropy, and the phone book is dotted with famous names.