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Old 01-15-2004, 05:16 PM
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Originally posted by andiemac@Jan 15th, 2004 - 6:41 am
The usually reticent rugby player yesterday called a press conference to answer questions on the royal romance making headlines.
He called a press conference to publicly address the relationship and answer questions? Why can't the men Zara dates refrain from speaking publicly about their relationship with her? Wasn't her ex-live-in boyfriend planning on writing a tell-all book, too?

Even in the hey day of Frederik and Mary's relationship neither held a press conference to "answer questions."
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Old 01-15-2004, 05:19 PM
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From the New Zealand Herald -

All Black cagey on Zara romance talk

15.01.2004

By MONIQUE DEVEREUX

It has all the elements of a ripping royal romance - a sort-of princess, an All Black, a mad dash round the world to a party and stories splashed in the British tabloids.

But for now the nature of the relationship between All Black and Crusaders winger Caleb Ralph and the Queen's granddaughter, Zara Phillips, is not being officially revealed.

And if Princess Anne's daughter arrives in Christchurch in the next few days, as rumours suggest, she may find Ralph too busy to play host.

At a hastily arranged press conference in Christchurch yesterday Ralph, 26, refused to discuss his relationship with the 22-year-old. He was focusing on the Super 12 season.

Ralph and Ms Phillips met in Australia during the World Cup and spent three days sightseeing together. That initial meeting was followed with a visit to England by Ralph where - according to last weekend's Sunday Mirror - he saw in the New Year at a private bash at the Princess Royal's Gatcombe Park Estate in Gloucestershire. The pair were "inseparable" and danced the night away together.

Ms Phillips apparently told her friends: "Caleb and I are having lots of fun. He's a very special man."

The newspaper also said the pair spent New Year's Day at Cheltenham racecourse but, while Ms Phillips cheered on her former partner, jockey Richard Johnson, "Caleb kept a low-profile, watching from another vantage point".

Yesterday, Christchurch newspaper The Press suggested a reciprocal visit by Ms Phillips was looming, quoting a relative of Ralph saying "he's pretty into her ... she's on her way out here".

But Ralph, returning from the Crusaders' training camp at Hanmer Springs, said that was "the first I've heard".

He confirmed he saw Ms Phillips while in England but would not comment on the relationship, saying that was his personal life.
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Old 01-15-2004, 05:23 PM
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Hi!

I'm in New Zealand, and I can tell you that he didn't "call the press conference"!

He was approached and spoken to by some journalists, but only wanted to speak about his rugby career.

He only spoke about Zara reluctantly.
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Old 01-15-2004, 05:33 PM
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Better photo..

Think it's all something of nothing.

Can't see Zara marrying Caleb somehow (But stranger things have happened)!
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Old 01-15-2004, 05:40 PM
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isn't she engached to her living boyfriend????????
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Old 01-15-2004, 07:41 PM
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Zara and Johnson broke up, but then again who knows with those two. I
agree that the men who Zara associates with should perhaps refrain
from talking about their relationships, but I can't help but feel Zara
somehow enjoys all of the attention that her not so royal behavior
brings. I do however have a question, who is funding these trips that
Zara and Caleb are making? I seriously hope the British government or
Her Majesty isn't forking over money for Zara's romps in the sun.
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Old 01-15-2004, 07:46 PM
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Originally posted by Binny@Jan 15th, 2004 - 4:23 pm
Hi!

I'm in New Zealand, and I can tell you that he didn't "call the press conference"!

He was approached and spoken to by some journalists, but only wanted to speak about his rugby career.

He only spoke about Zara reluctantly.
Thanks for clearing that up, Binny. The one article impled that he did; that he rounded up members of the press, set up some microphones then proceeded to spill the beans.

But seeing now as that he was likely in a media scrum and felt pressured to speak, sheds a different light on the situation. Though I still think he could've kept mum had he wanted to.
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Old 01-15-2004, 07:56 PM
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He should have kept quiet. O, well. I guess they are alike then. After all, Zara is hardly known for being demure.
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Old 01-17-2004, 08:30 AM
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Has Zara given up on love?

by ROSS BENSON, Daily Mail

The live-in love affair between Zara Phillips and jockey Richard
Johnson appears to have finally been unsaddled. He has galloped off
with an attractive redhead, thereby provoking Zara to move out of his
house and back in with her mother, the Princess Royal.

It has been an emotional parting, accompanied by any amount of tears
(hers). Like any young woman at the wrong end of a broken love affair,
however, Zara, 22, is keen to find a new romance to take her mind off
her unhappy memories. And she is clearly setting about her task with
all the gutsy determination she brings to her riding.

In Australia for the Rugby World Cup, she dated Caleb Ralph, star of
the New Zealand All Blacks, and the two spent the holidays together
in England.

This is not quite the way members of the Royal Family usually conduct
their love lives, but then Zara has never been shy about shedding the
raiments of oldfashioned decorum.

She can be haughty, imperiously disdainful and as regally rude as her
mother, Princess Anne. More than any other member of her family,
however, she can always be relied upon to provide a beaming snapshot,
complete with bare arms and plummeting decolletage, when a photographer
comes within range.

Make no mistake about it, she likes being the centre of attention.

The one thing Zara is not content to do is bask in the reflected glory
of other people's sporting achievements. She nurtures ambitions of her
own. Her sights are firmly set on next summer's Olympic Games in Athens.
She is included in the list of 14 riders from which Britain's five-strong
three-day event team will be selected.

And the truth may well be that she would rather have a medal than a man.

Many doubted she had the dedication that made her parents, Princess
Anne and Captain Mark Phillips, Olympic riders. She is young,
attractive, and as her troubled romance with Johnson shows, volatile.

However, the past few months have seen a remarkable transformation.
Looking at her figure, a casual observer might conclude that,
Bridget Jones-style, Zara has fallen into the same trap as so many
lovelorn women and resorted to comfort eating.

But there is a more commendable explanation. She knows that to make it
to Athens will require a lot of hard work. Her regular workouts have
started building muscle.

Her new athletic look has certainly not detracted from her allure,
judging by her list of suitors. The one person it hasn't impressed is
Johnson, but theirs was never a settled relationship.

Good-looking and sociable, he quickly caught Zara's eye and the two
soon became regulars at the Hollow Bottom, the pub in Guiting Power
owned by former champion jump jockey Peter Scudamore which the young
horsy set have made their social headquarters.

Princess Anne and her ex-husband approved. He was not the tattooed biker the
Princess Royal half-jokingly said she expected her daughter to end up with,
but the respectable, public school-educated son of a Herefordshire farmer.

More importantly, he brings to his riding the same dedication that
both Phillips and Anne brought to theirs and they raised no objections
-when Zara installed herself in Johnson's modest house in Toddington
in Gloucestershire.

Even Princess Anne was taken aback, however, when her daughter and her
live-in lover became embroiled in a late night fight which left her
lying bruised and sobbing on a public pavement.

That would have been the end of most romances but Zara and Johnson
patched up their differences. It proved only a short respite, however.

Observes a friend: 'Zara is like her mother - very forceful and
determined - and she was trying to force their relationship along.
She wanted to call the shots and she wanted to get married.'

Johnson didn't. In his autobiographyr, he tactlessly admitted that he
had 'no idea what love's like' because he had never been in love.

And when he picked up with trainer Jonjo O'Neill's red-headed daughter,
Louise, Zara had to concede the affair had run its course.

There was what is described by friends as a 'chilling' discussion and
Zara has moved back to her mother's home at Gatcombe Park, taking her
horses with her.

It hasn't taken her too long to recover her emotional equilibrium. She
has a cluster of admirers and she also has the very real prospect of
sporting success to drive her on.

What Zara isn't doing is hiding herself away. She subscribes to the
old maxim, if you've got it, flaunt it. Which is exactly what she is
doing now.
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Old 01-20-2004, 06:18 PM
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QUEENS GRANDDAUGHTER A COUNTRY GIRL AT HEART


"I’m no rebel," insists Zara Phillips, "I just like to have fun."

The Queen’s 22-year-old granddaughter blamed the media for manufacturing her ‘wild child’ image.

"They call me a ‘rebel,’ because I had my tongue pierced," she said.

"They have a picture of how I should be, and they (the media) don’t like it if I behave differently."

And while the stud was later removed, three years later she was photographed at a equestrian event with a navel ring.

Despite her not-so-royal behaviour, she claims to just be a simple country girl at heart.

"I don’t like London," Zara remarked, before correcting herself.

"Well I love to visit there- I just never intend to live their on a permanent basis." The Cotswolds have a nice relaxed atmosphere."

Now a rising star in three-day eventing, she also has spoken of her hopes of following in her parents footsteps by riding at the Olympic Games in Athens.

"I don't know," she concludes wisely, "We’ll just have to wait and see what the selectors think."
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Old 01-20-2004, 06:19 PM
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QUEENS GRANDDAUGHTER A COUNTRY GIRL AT HEART


"I’m no rebel," insists Zara Phillips, "I just like to have fun."

The Queen’s 22-year-old granddaughter blamed the media for manufacturing her ‘wild child’ image.

"They call me a ‘rebel,’ because I had my tongue pierced," she said.

"They have a picture of how I should be, and they (the media) don’t like it if I behave differently."

And while the stud was later removed, three years later she was photographed at a equestrian event with a navel ring.

Despite her not-so-royal behaviour, she claims to just be a simple country girl at heart.

"I don’t like London," Zara remarked, before correcting herself.

"Well I love to visit there- I just never intend to live their on a permanent basis." The Cotswolds have a nice relaxed atmosphere."

Now a rising star in three-day eventing, she also has spoken of her hopes of following in her parents footsteps by riding at the Olympic Games in Athens.

"I don't know," she concludes wisely, "We’ll just have to wait and see what the selectors think."
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Old 01-24-2004, 08:21 PM
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Zara & Mike: The proof

By MARTEL MAXWELL

THESE pictures prove Zara Phillips and England World Cup rugby hero Mike Tindall ARE an item.

The Queen’s scrum-tious grand-daughter, 22, was snapped at 4am outside the Met Bar in London yesterday with beefy Mike, 25, who
was wearing his World Cup squad brown shoes.

The Sun revealed on December 8 they were dating but the relationship was denied.

An onlooker said: “They spent the whole night laughing and joking with each other.”

Zara became close to Mike after meeting him at the World Cup in Australia.
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Old 01-24-2004, 08:22 PM
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heres the link for the pics: http://www.thesun.co.uk/article/0,,2-2004033410,00.html
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Old 01-24-2004, 08:32 PM
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How is it that those pictures are proof? I guess I'm a little confused. In the photos Zara and Mike are doing nothing more then standing with one another and laughing. Friends spend time together, and stand together and laugh with one another, do they not? It irks me that every time a celberity (whether they be royal or an actual celebrity) is seen with someone of the opposite sex it is decided they are an item. For goodness sake, let them have their privacy, when they wish to announce who they are dating they will...

Sorry I got a little caught up in the moment!
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Old 01-24-2004, 08:34 PM
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Here’s a little ditty that pokes light-heartedly fun of our favourite royal rebel:

Zara Phillips is in the news again, so why does she persist?

With her affairs, doesn’t she care, that Richard’s p***ed?

Paparazzo's everywhere, those no where Zara can hide...

Where she can play, while she's away from scrummy jocks...

Earlier royals were dreaded...

They had their better half's beheaded...

Keeping them whence they bedded...

Just for a rode in the hay, having a sweet matinee...

Richard too has had his flings to sooth his wounding pride...

Zah’s been bad, Princess Anne’s bloody mad!

Oh the awful shame of it, they all most share the blame for it, it’s nothing new...

The royal rebels at it again!
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Old 01-26-2004, 11:18 PM
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TINDALL DENIES ROYAL ROMANCE WITH ZARA

BY HYWEL LLOYD

11:00 - 26 January 2004

Bath and England rugby star Mike Tindall once again denied that a romance with royal Zara Phillips was on the cards.

Pictures of the couple were plastered across Saturday's national newspapers after they had left exclusive London club The Met Bar at 4am.

But Tindall, who is currently resting because of an ankle ligament injury, has denied there is anything going on between himself and Princess Anne's daughter.

He said: "I am single.

"It is true that she is a good friend, but that is all.

"There's no romance there."


Ms Phillips too has been trying to keep the rumours at bay and has also been spotted with another World Cup rugby player, Caleb Ralph, who plays for New Zealand.

Tindall and Ms Phillips are said to have met at a party in Australia during England's winning World Cup campaign.

The couple have enjoyed numerous nights out since Tindall's return and were spotted at a hunt ball in Yorkshire together.

Bookmaker Ladbrokes has been offering odds of 50 to 1 that the couple will be married within the year.
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Old 01-27-2004, 02:22 AM
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Leave the poor people alone! If they are a couple they will announce it when they are ready...geesh.

I love getting new information on the Royals as much as the next, but no one should have their lives this hounded and disrupted!
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Old 01-27-2004, 02:29 AM
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I agree with Britters. Leave the people alone.
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Old 01-27-2004, 02:41 AM
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Why thank you Dennism!!! I'm glad someone agrees with me...now if we can only convince the tabloids that we don't care! If they don't want us to know, we are fine with that!!!

As future King of Sweden, I expect you'll have to adjust to that though!!!!
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Old 02-02-2004, 06:02 PM
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Zara's Disappointment-
No Badminton for beloved Toytown

British Olympic prospect Toytown, the horse Zara Phillips rode into second place
at Burghley last September, has been ruled out of the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton
Horse Trials in April with an injury sustained in the field.

Toytown's progress will be carefully monitored by British team vet Jenny Hall and depending
on recovery, he may campaign later in the spring.

Team Manager Yogi Breisner said: “Obviously it is disappointing for Zara to miss
her Badminton debut, but at this stage the injury will not completely rule her out
of the Olympic picture."
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Hopefully TT will be recovered in time for the Olympics
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