In 2001, and without the millstone of being Her Royal Highness, there wasn’t much Buckingham Palace could say when she and jump jockey Richard Johnson, who was then her live-in boyfriend, invited Hello!
There’s Tindall’s £400,000, three-bedroom flat in a Georgian terrace in Bath, which is let for around £1,500 a month, and his £300,000 flat in Dubai, which is also rented out. For her part, Princess Anne has watched her daughter’s progress with fascination and pleasure.
‘She’s immensely proud of Zara and what she has achieved,’ says one of her oldest friends.
The Zara Phillips Collection will be hand-finished in platinum or white, yellow or rose gold, and set with diamonds. But should ‘looking after themselves’ have included selling the first published pictures of the Queen’s great-granddaughter Mia to Hello!
magazine last year for a sum thought to be in excess of £100,000?
Some fish swim up there and lay up for a short period of time and when the tide is right—there are two tides there. Craig guides in the Keys; it’s fun fishing for a guide. You come up on them and they just go ballistic: cartwheeling, pinwheeling. Huff: They troll with giant spoons and coon pops out in the Gulf for fish that are usually in 20 feet of water off the outside of the islands. So I hooked this fish and it jumps in front of the boat and Tom is hanging over the back of the boat and he goes, “Jesus Christ, it’s All of that marlin fishing is just teased-up stuff. But when you just see something lying out there that looks like a Goodyear blimp and you throw a little piece of chicken in front of it and strip it a couple of times and you see their tail kick, and Mill: Tom’s rod and reel? So I am trying to pull the anchor and he is trying to pull his pants up and I got the anchor up while I was holding onto the rod. When they got just even with it, I barely stripped and he started for the fly. When he ate the fly Dale Perez was standing behind me and he went, “Oh my God.” I will never forget it. I had the hook in this thing and it came out of the water like a freakin’ manatee flying out of the water. I fought it for about five minutes and the leader came back and the tippet was all… Yet you are limited to a number of days a year when it is going to be like that. Anglers who fish with me then are normally after snook, but I have a tarpon rod rigged on the boat and if the weather just peaks out… Huff: I was fishing a guy from California who fell face-first on the front deck. I was going to move to the Keys and be a guide, much to my mother’s chagrin. This was at the time when Stu Apte was really promoting tarpon fishing for whatever reason, whatever motivated him. I mean George Hommel back then was a real go-getter. I would get up in the morning and ride somewhere in Miami. That is where I learned to tie a clinch knot, in front of that doughnut shop. I caught it when I was 15 years old under Broad Causeway bridge. We used to hang a rope over the drawspans and lower ourselves down on a rope, fish off the tide down underneath these bridges. So we used to climb down underneath there and then they welded the manhole cover shut because they did not want you in there. Huff: Next we stole a Hauser line off a drift boat that was tied up, a spring line that was not going to imperil the boat getting driven. My sons are my best friends so every time we are together it is a great feeling of being together. Huff: The people I fish—I have not fished anybody new in it seems like forever, but some of them are getting up there pretty good in age. And he and I to this day believe that that fish was closer to 300 pounds than 200 pounds. We were out, Tom Evans and I—probably 1975 or something.
I mean you can say go fishing at the mouth of Lostmans River and send somebody down there who has fished all day and never see a fish and there are fish everywhere down there, but they are just not here when it is time to be right here— in a place the size of this room. In fact, Craig Brewer and I were talking about this. Sometimes they stick their head out of the water, other times they suck it in. We used to call it “Rockquetta.” We were looking for Rockquetta—the legendary big tarpon. Mill: So your fish was actually 10 pounds over the current world record? Quick, quick, look here—.” And I turned around and looked, and there were two tarpon going by and I cast. I had about 60 feet out, and I was about 10 feet short of the fish and they were passing by, so I didn’t strip. And then I hooked one here in the Everglades one time that I thought was at least 200 pounds. I used to get physically ill when I had a special spot in the Keys that only I knew about where I was creaming them and somebody would find you there. You know, early in the season, in March or February, when you get a window of warm weather, and you get Florida Bay slicked off, and you can get into certain areas and just them. Huff: People know about that chain of events that makes those fish show up—weather, current, and all that stuff. Most of the people who fish with me today, though, can get it done. Mill: Tell me about that saying that people are dying to get on your boat—literally. I mean, the best way for you to catch it—and for recovery of the fish—is to whip it as fast as you can. So I was busting him about not fighting the fish hard enough: “Come on, pull! And then you read about hauling and when you make a good haul the line goes out farther. Huff: I went to University of Miami and studied marine biology, but I always knew I wanted to be a fishing guide. Huff: When I was 10 years old I had rod racks on my bicycle and a tackle box. ” I said, “Man I don’t know, I just put the lures on this way.” He showed me how to tie a clinch knot. At school I finally met some kid who liked to fish and we would ride our bikes all over the place. The biggest snook I caught—even to this day—was 27 pounds. In an area, of course, that we were not allowed to be. We would pull up this manhole cover and climb down on these ladders to the center where the bumpers were, and we would fish off the center with the current roaring. We were always getting thrown in jail for fishing in people’s yards and commando raids in some marina or something. Mill: Do you see a point in the near future where you are going to start slowing down a bit as a professional on the water, taking more time for yourself? When he ate the fly Dale Perez was standing behind me and he went, “Oh my God.” I will never forget it. I had the hook in this thing and it came out of the water like a freakin’ manatee flying out of the water.
Zara could be making even more with one deal that goes back to 2010.
It is with Musto clothing and may include a share of the profits.
Mrs Staples, who died childless aged 63 last December, left her £722,000 house and estate jointly to Zara, Peter and their half-sister Stephanie, Mark Phillips’s daughter from his second marriage, to Sandy Pflueger.‘She believes she is in demand by companies because of her sporting success — remember, she has been a world champion and Olympic silver medallist.’ But according to marketing experts, being the Queen’s granddaughter has at least tripled her endorsement rate not only to promote the brands that employ her but because of her unique ‘royal’ value at corporate events.