Zara and Mike Tindall are expecting their third child

Zara and Mike Tindall are expecting their third child. Credit: PA

Mike Tindall has announced wife Zara Tindall, the Queen’s granddaughter, is pregnant with their third child.

The former England Rugby star spoke about the good news on the podcast he co-hosts The Good, The Bad & The Rugby, saying: “It’s been a good week for me, had a little scan last week – third Tindall on its way.”

A Buckingham Palace spokesman said the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh are “delighted” by their granddaughter’s pregnancy.

Zara and Mike Tindall are expecting their third child Credit: Tim Ireland/PA

The couple already have two daughters, Mia, six, and two-year-old Lena, and Tindall said he wants their third child to be a boy.

Speaking on The Good, The Bad & The Rugby, Mr Tindall said: “I’d like a boy this time, I’ve got two girls, I would like a boy.

“I’ll love it whether a boy or a girl – but please be a boy.”

To groans from one of his co-hosts, Tindall joked: “We’re not sure what to do Covi or Covina – I don’t know where to go with names.”

On his wife Zara, who has spoken about two miscarriages she has experienced, Tindall added: “Z is very good, always careful because of things that have happened in the past, and really looking forward to it.”

Zara with her eldest child Mia. Andrew Milligan/PA

Asked about the baby’s due date Mr Tindall remained tight lipped and replied: “We like to play our cards close to the chest.”

But he revealed his eldest child has not been told the good news: “We haven’t told Mia yet because we knew she would tell everyone at school, now that we’ve gone through the scan, yes (of) course we’ll tell her.

“She’ll be happy about it, she’s been requesting another sister or brother, so we’ve hopefully fulfilled that role for her.

“She just wants something different now, Lena’s growing up she’s two-and-a-half now, she wants something younger to play with and dress up.”

Ms Tindall is the second child of Anne, Princess Royal and is the eldest granddaughter of the Queen.

When she was born she was sixth in line for the throne, she is currently 18th.

Earlier this year Princess Eugenie announced she was expecting her first child which is due in 2021.