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Phillips hails 'normal' upbringing

Published 21/06/2015

Zara Phillips says she is lucky that she and her brother weren't given a title when they were born
Zara Phillips says she is lucky that she and her brother weren't given a title when they were born

Zara Phillips says that she is lucky to have had a "slightly more normal" upbringing than the rest of her royal relatives.

The Queen's granddaughter is training to compete at the Rio de Janeiro 2016 Olympics to add to the silver she won in the equestrian team eventing competition at London 2012.

In a Sunday Times Style magazine interview, to be published next week, she said: "I've been very lucky. My parents didn't give us titles, so we've been able to have a slightly more 'normal' upbringing. As soon as you've got a title, it's very difficult to shed it."

Phillips, 34, and her sports agent brother Peter are the children of the Queen's daughter Anne - the Princess Royal. She is married to former England rugby player Mike Tindall and they have a 17-month-old daughter called Mia.

Phillips said: "My brother and I have been very lucky like that, being able to find our own way in life really, and just get on with it."

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