Mike Tindall jokes he’ll name new royal baby "Covina" after 2020 pandemic

Mike Tindall has raised eyebrows after revealing what he and Zara Phillips could name their third child – who is due to be The Queen's 10th great-grandchild.

The 42-year-old rugby star announced the upcoming arrival of the baby on the podcast "The good the bad and the rugby" and it's due in 2021, after the birth of Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank's first child.

When he was asked by his co-hosts to tease a baby name for the newest arrival of the Royal Family, he had a surprising answer.

He joked: "We’re not sure what to do Covi or Covina – I don’t know where to go with names."

Discussing the news on his show Heirpod, royal biographer Omid Scobie said the wacky name idea was a nod to what has been a "memorable" year.

The Finding Freedom author said: "They asked Mike about baby names – and I think he was a little stumped on the spot – and he said considering 2020 has been a memorable year shall we say, they'd been joking about the names Covi or Covina, depending on whether it was a boy or a girl."

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The podcast's co-host Maggie Rulli said she was "cringing" at the name but also hoping it was true.

Tindall and Phillips, who is the daughter of Princess Anne, already have two children, six-year-old Mia and two-year-old Lena.

The rugby legend said he was hoping for a boy this time around.

"I’d like a boy this time, I’ve got two girls, I would like a boy," he admitted on the podcast.

He hastily added: "I’ll love it whether a boy or a girl – but please be a boy."

This comes after a royal insider claimed Prince George's "favourite uncle" was Mike Tindall because he likes to "lark around" and have fun.

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