The queen’s newest great-grandson was born on the bathroom floor, the baby’s father, Mike Tindall, said in a podcast released Wednesday.
Tindall is married to Zara, the queen’s granddaughter and Princess Anne’s daughter. The baby, born on Sunday, is the 10th great-grandson of Queen Elizabeth II.
“I got there really fast, I didn’t make it to the hospital, to the bathroom floor,” said Tindall, a former England rugby player, on the podcast “The Good, The Bad and The Rugby.”
“It was: running to the gym, getting a mat, going to the bathroom, putting the mat down, putting down the towels, corset, corset, corset,” she said.
The midwife was on her way to the hospital, but changed her route and went home instead.
“She got there just as we had assumed the posish [position], and then the second midwife arrived just after the boss arrived, ”he said.
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Zara, who is 18th in line to the throne, won an equestrian silver medal at the London Olympics in 2012, and her husband was part of the England team that won the Rugby World Cup in 2003.
The couple have two daughters, Mia and Lena, who were not home at the time of birth. This is her first child, a fact that Tindall seemed to accept from the moment of his birth.
“The best thing about being home, the best thing, was that as soon as he wrapped himself up, you go skin-to-skin, right downstairs, in the TV room, at golf, and I say, ‘This is what than me and you’re doing it, ‘”he said.
The baby’s name is Lucas Philip, reported the Press Association, a British news agency.
The queen and her husband, Prince Philip, “are delighted with the news,” said a statement from Buckingham Palace.
Zara was feeling fine after the delivery and went for a walk the next day, Tindall said.
“As every man will say, she was a warrior,” he added.