Zara Tindall looks VERY pally with Prince Harry’s former confidante Natalie Pinkham at Cheltenham


Zara Tindall buddied up with Prince Harry’s reported close confidante Natalie Pinkham at Cheltenham Festival this afternoon as the pair were spotted holding hands.

Princess Anne’s daughter, 41, shared the love far and wide as she was also pictured hand-in-hand with her husband Mike Tindall as they arrived on the opening day of the festival.

Wearing a Karen Millen burgundy coat she previously donned for the Princess of Wales’s carol concert in December at Westminster Abbey, Zara beamed as she arrived at the event which is centred around her great passion, horses.

She looked deep in conversation as she strolled through the grounds of the race course with Sky Sports presenter Natalie, 45, who once sparked rumours of a liaison with Zara’s cousin Prince Harry, 38, back in 2006.

Royal mother-of-three Zara accessorised her recycled coat with a Juliette Botterill hat in a matching colour.

Zara Tindall, 41, and Natalie Pinkham, described as Prince Harry’s former ‘confidante and drinking buddy’ of Prince Harry, held hands as they arrived at Cheltenham Festival on its opening day

Underneath, she wore a black blouse from high street store & Other Stories and skinny-fit black trousers from The Fold.

Meanwhile her pal Natalie looked equally chic in a grey check double-breasted coat with a khaki headband from Camilla Rose.

Mother-of-two Natalie was said to have once enjoyed regular meet-ups with Prince Harry over the years, becoming his ‘drinking buddy and confidante’. 

She reportedly enjoyed a ‘close platonic friendship with the royal, and went on to marry Endemol executive, Owain Walbyoff, and the pair share children Wildred and Willow.

Zara and Natalie looked close as ever, with the Sky Sports presenter looking chic in a check coat and leather trousers and a Camilla Rose headband

Zara and Natalie looked close as ever, with the Sky Sports presenter looking chic in a check coat and leather trousers and a Camilla Rose headband

Power dressing! The royal couple looked like the perfect match as they posed for photos in colour-coordinated outfits

Power dressing! The royal couple looked like the perfect match as they posed for photos in colour-coordinated outfits

Zara was dressed in a Karen Millen coat she wore to the Princess of Wales's carol concert in December and accessorised with a Julie Botterill hat

Zara was dressed in a Karen Millen coat she wore to the Princess of Wales’s carol concert in December and accessorised with a Julie Botterill hat

The look of love! Former rugby ace Mike looked longingly at his wife Zara as they posed for photos, while she beamed for the camera

The look of love! Former rugby ace Mike looked longingly at his wife Zara as they posed for photos, while she beamed for the camera

The couple looked upbeat as they arrived at Cheltenham Festival on its opening day, with the pair sharing a passion for horse racing

The couple looked upbeat as they arrived at Cheltenham Festival on its opening day, with the pair sharing a passion for horse racing

Zara, 41, opted for a high street outfit with her Karen Millen coat and a black frilled blouse from & Other Stories

Zara, 41, opted for a high street outfit with her Karen Millen coat and a black frilled blouse from & Other Stories

In May 2019, it emerged Prince Harry had given Natalie the cold shoulder since marrying Meghan.

Natalie, who was not invited to Harry and Meghan’s wedding, was reportedly ‘miffed’ at the change in their relationship.

Speaking to The Sun at the time, a source claimed: ‘She is quite rightfully miffed. She has known Harry for years and was not only his drinking buddy, but his confidante.’

However, it seems Natalie has maintained a close relationship with some members of the royal family and looked thick as thieves with Zara today.

As Zara and Mike, 44, posed for loved-up photos together, the couple looked perfectly matched as the former rugby age wore a tie matching his wife’s coat and a sharp navy blazer.

The pair looked affectionate as ever as they posed for photos, with Mike shooting his wife a loving look while she beamed for the camera.  

While lovingly affectionate, the couple’s display at the races was a little more tame than their last appearance at a horse racing event, when they put on a very racy display at the Magic Millions Cup in Australia.

The couple packed on the PDA and larked about for photos with their friends, poking out their tongues and kissing for the camera.

Other snaps showed the couple posing with their friends as they cheekily grabbed handfuls of each other in a racy display.

Mike, dressed in a dapper checked suit, also took centre stage in one group photo where he raised his leg, to be carried by a friend.

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