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'Underused' Mike Tindall joining I'm A Celeb is 'clever move', says royal expert

I'm A Celeb has been dubbed a smart move by a royal expert who claims the rugby star has been "underused" by the monarchy.It follows reports the ex-England rugby ace, who is married to the late Queen's grand-daughter Zara Tindall, is set to ditch his life of luxury for a stint in the ITV jungle.It would make Mike the first member of the royal family to brave the jungle, but royal expert Duncan Larcombe reckons the "vast majority" of the monarchy would tune in to watch him.READ MORE:Piers Morgan brands Mike Tindall 'most fun royal' and tips him to win I'm A CelebHowever, the regal buff refuted reports by The Times that Mike did not seek permission from King Charles to take part in the reality show.He told Metro: "I think it’s hard to believe that Mike and Zara, who would have made this decision together, would have agreed to this without checking with the new king," adding: "That is a piece of family protocol."The expert went on to claim that Mike likely would have joined the jungle "years ago" had he not met Zara and that the palace wouldn't have an issue with the stint.He continued: "The reason I don’t have a problem with it and why I don’t think the palace would either is the fact that Mike Tindall won a Rugby World Cup. He has a successful broadcasting career and this is about him being an ex-rugby player, and plenty of them have been in the jungle."Later on, Larcombe dubbed Tindall was a "huge asset" who has been "really underused by the Royals".The expert added: "He’s been on the scene as long as the Princess of Wales .

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