A bit of good-natured banter among alpha males can sometimes get out of hand.
But this clearly was not the case as Prince William, 39, enjoyed a little tomfoolery with Mike Tindall, 43.
And as they were under the careful gaze of the former England rugby star’s wife Zara – who is, after all, William’s cousin – there was only one way it could end… with a man hug.
The men were at Houghton International Horse Trials in Norfolk yesterday, to support Zara, who had been competing.
The Tindalls’ one-year-old son Lucas was seen taking his first steps in public at the funfair, before being carried off by his eight-year-old sister Mia.
The couple’s other daughter, three-year-old Lena, was also at the event at Houghton Hall, not far from William and Kate’s country residence at Anmer Hall on the Sandringham Estate.
Prince William (centre) enjoyed a little tomfoolery with Mike Tindall (left) while at at Houghton International Horse Trials in Norfolk yesterday, to support Zara Tindall (right) who had been competing
Prince William (centre) is seen gesturing with his cousin’s husband Mike Tindall (left)
As they were under the careful gaze of the former England rugby star’s wife Zara – who is, after all, William’s cousin – there was only one way it could end… with a man hug
The Tindalls’ one-year-old son Lucas was seen taking his first steps in public (left) at the funfair, before being carried off by his eight-year-old sister Mia (right)
Eight-year-old Mia led her siblings around the Norfolk grounds after being entrusted with money to pay for rides, while her father watched on cautiously.
The thrill-seeking family appeared in good spirits, with three-year-old Lena smiled broadly as she took to the funfair’s bungee ride.
Mike Tindall, who is married to the Queen’s eldest granddaughter, paired a grey jacket with jeans and a cap for a casual look.
Throughout their time in Norfolk, he was mindful of his children’s safety and was seen stretching his arm out towards Lena as she bounced on the bungee ride.
Mia Tindall, eight, joined her siblings Lena, three and Lucas, one (pictured) on rides including the teacups as their father Mike watched on at the funfair in Norfolk on Saturday
Mike (pictured left) teamed a grey jacket with a cap and jeans for the fun day out, while wife Zara competed in the Houghton Hall Horse Trials
The former rugby player was seen walking around the grounds with one-year-old son Lucas (pictured left), who was keen to get involved in having fun with his sisters
Lucas was spotted taking his first steps in public as he walked confidently alongside father-of-three Mike and crowds watched on
Lucas looked adorable in dark trousers and a turquoise sweater as he showed an eagerness to get involved in the funfair activities
Mia, who is 22nd in line to the throne, was visibly confident on the amusement as she practiced somersaults and kicked her legs high in the air with her hands off of the harness.
Mike multi-tasked supporting his daughters’ antics with keeping Lucas entertained, ensuring the tot had full views of everything happening before giving the one-year-old an opportunity to get involved with the baby-friendly activities.
The siblings took to the teacups with Lucas sat on Mia’s lap as Mike let them spend time bonding playfully among themselves.
Mia smiled proudly as she continued to bounce on the bungee ride after successfully completing a somersault
Mike placed Lucas on his shoulders as he watched three-year-old Lena enjoying her time on a bungee ride
Zara, who is an accomplished equestrian and Olympian, missed out on the fun as she was busy competing at the Houghton Hall Horse Trials.
The daughter of Princess Anne is an accomplished equestrian and Olympian, who keeps a relatively low public profile and often spends her weekends at sporting events.
Mike and their three children have continuously shown their support by attending Zara’s competitions.
This weekend’s outings come as the royal, who does not have a HRH title, launched her own website to celebrate her sporting success. The glossy new site – zaratindall.com – makes no mention of her royal connection.
Mia was spotted getting her baby brother Lucas involved as they went on different rides
Former rugby player Mike entrusted Mia money to pay for the rides as she explored the funfair with her siblings
Mia and Lena were spotted trying their luck on a card game, while Mike and Lucas cheered their efforts
Lucas looked keen to try winning something for himself as he stood alongside Mia at a hoopla stall
The website was created by Equimi after Zara became a brand ambassador for the company, which designs online pages for equestrians. It features little mention of her family life, and no indication that her mother is the Princess Royal.
The page is also bannered by a Rolex advert, and lists and links to her many sponsors, including Landrover and Equine America.
Her bio reads: ‘Following the birth of her first child in January 2014, Zara was competing at the highest level once again just seven months later, going on to win a team silver medal at the 2014 World Equestrian Games in Normandy.
‘In April 2017 she finished third on High Kingdom at the Rolex Kentucky Three Day Event before going on to have her second child in Spring 2018.
Mia, Lena and Lucas appeared to be having fun as they gathered together on the tea cup ride
The siblings were able to bond throughout the day as their mother Zara competed in the Houghton Hall Horse Trials
‘Since then Zara has been back competing regularly at National and International events.’
Zara also lists all eight of her current and former horses on the page, as well as a link to her results and a ‘news’ page with updates about her career.
Despite being the Queen’s eldest granddaughter, Zara doesn’t hold a HRH title and isn’t a working royal.
Her deal with Equimi is the latest in a long line of sponsorships and brand collaborations for Zara, who is able to use her unique position of being a part of the royal family but not having a title to maximum advantage.
The mother-of-three is also a brand ambassador for Rolex and Musto, and has her own jewellery range with Australian brand Cajella, and experts have estimated they could be worth a combined £1.1m or more a year.
Through their work, Zara and Mike have managed to enjoy a ‘normal’ life – at least within royal circles – and live with their daughters in relative privacy, but still reap the benefits of lucrative contacts that they have secured, at least in part, thanks to their positions within the royal family.
The Tindalls also dedicate a significant amount of time to charitable causes and have phonebooks dotted with celebrity names.