Zara Phillips, Mike Tindall meet

WILMA MCCORKINDALE
Last updated 12:45 23/09/2011

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Royal newlyweds Zara Phillips and Mike Tindall appeared together under the news media glare in Dunedin this morning, with no signs of tension over the England rugby player's boozy antics in Queenstown last week.

Phillips, who arrived in Dunedin yesterday, had breakfast amid constant camera clicks and flashes when she emerged from her hotel room.

Later she reappeared with Tindall, the player last week caught on CCTV footage socialising with a blonde woman in Queenstown.

A friend of the couple had told the news media the blonde was an old friend, and today the couple both looked relaxed, Tindall in a white T-shirt, Phillips clad more elegantly in a grey poncho.

Phillips, the granddaughter of the Queen, did not allow the cacophony to deter her, as she sat at Cafe d'Oro on the mezzanine floor in the foyer of the Southern Cross Scenic Circle Hotel.

When she arrived there was a rush of cameramen to the nearest window, each craning for the best shot.

She turned and laughed at the pandemonium she had created, as at least a dozen photographers snapped away.

Phillips is staying on an upper floor of the hotel, which the England team is also understood to be staying at.

She is expected to watch her husband play at England's game against Romania in Dunedin on Saturday.

The team has gone to ground since news of their boozy antics in Queenstown emerged.

Business owners in Dunedin's exchange precinct said they had not seen the team since the CCTV footage was released.

Tindall married Phillips in Edinburgh in July, and the news media has been keen to see what happened when the pair reunited.

- © Fairfax NZ News

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