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Meet Bindi's in-laws: Chandler Powell's parents jet into Australia


It seems that Wildlife Warrior Bindi Irwin has a close bond with her mother and father-in-law, Chris and Shannan Powell. 

Chris and Shannan, who are the parents of Bindi’s husband Chandler Powell, 25, recently jetted into Australia from the U.S to spend time with their son and meet granddaughter Grace Warrior, one, for the very first time. 

The family were kept apart for months due to the coronavirus pandemic and subsequent border closures that even meant Chandler’s parents missed out on their son’s wedding day at Australia Zoo.

Meet Bindi's in-laws: Chandler Powell's parents Chris and Shannan jetted into Australia recently to meet granddaughter Grace Warrior for the first time, with Bindi saying she's 'thankful for their friendship'

Meet Bindi’s in-laws: Chandler Powell’s parents Chris and Shannan jetted into Australia recently to meet granddaughter Grace Warrior for the first time, with Bindi saying she’s ‘thankful for their friendship’

On Thursday, Bindi, 23, wished her mother-in-law Shannan a happy birthday on Instagram and presented her with a lavish cake and party at Australia Zoo to celebrate. 

In her gushing post, Bindi said she’s ‘thankful for their friendship’ and ‘in awe’ of her mother-in-law. 

‘Grace is leading the way to birthday celebrations for her gorgeous grandma,’ Bindi’s post began, having shared a family shot with fans. 

Kept apart: The family were kept apart for months due to the coronavirus pandemic and subsequent border closures that even meant Chandler's parents missed out on their son's wedding day at Australia Zoo

Kept apart: The family were kept apart for months due to the coronavirus pandemic and subsequent border closures that even meant Chandler’s parents missed out on their son’s wedding day at Australia Zoo

‘Join me in wishing my mother-in-law a very Happy Australian Birthday. Thankful for our friendship and forever in awe of the way you love your family.’

Chandler also shared a picture of himself and Bindi with his parents from Grace’s first birthday party and said how much he loved spending time with them Down Under.   

‘Happy Birthday, Mom! Loved having you and Dad here these last few weeks,’ Chandler wrote. 

‘Grace had so much fun celebrating her first birthday with her grandma and grandpa. And don’t worry – Grace will always be there with her crocodile when we need it.’

Shannan and Chris live in Tampa, Florida, in the U.S, and also have another son, Cameron, who is married to wife Kristin.

Family: Shannan and Chris live in Tampa, Florida, in the U.S, and also have another son, Cameron, who is married to wife Kristin

Family: Shannan and Chris live in Tampa, Florida, in the U.S, and also have another son, Cameron, who is married to wife Kristin

Chris recently reflected on spending time with Bindi, Chandler and Grace in Australia, sweetly writing: ‘Love you three so much. The last three weeks have been such a blessing spending time with you.’ 

Bindi wed Chandler two years ago in a secret ceremony at Australia Zoo on March 25, 202, amid the coronavirus pandemic.  

The made the ‘difficult decision’ to host their wedding at Australia Zoo on March 25 without guests amid the coronavirus pandemic, meaning Chandler’s parents were unable to attend.

Tough times: Bindi wed Chandler two years ago in a secret ceremony at Australia Zoo on March 25, 202, amid the coronavirus pandemic. The made the 'difficult decision' to host their wedding at Australia Zoo on March 25 without guests amid the coronavirus pandemic, meaning Chandler's parents were unable to attend

Tough times: Bindi wed Chandler two years ago in a secret ceremony at Australia Zoo on March 25, 202, amid the coronavirus pandemic. The made the ‘difficult decision’ to host their wedding at Australia Zoo on March 25 without guests amid the coronavirus pandemic, meaning Chandler’s parents were unable to attend

Prime Minister Scott Morrison enforced new restrictions on weddings, with only five people allowed to attend – including the couple, the celebrant and witnesses.

However, it was reported that Chandler’s parents ‘fully supported’ the pair’s decision to ‘just get married’. 

Bindi and Chandler live in Queensland and work at her family’s Australia Zoo. 

However, they have previously celebrated Thanksgiving in the U.S with Chandler’s family.  

Making memories: Bindi and Chandler live in Queensland and work at her family's Australia Zoo. However, they have previously celebrated Thanksgiving in the U.S with Chandler's family

Making memories: Bindi and Chandler live in Queensland and work at her family’s Australia Zoo. However, they have previously celebrated Thanksgiving in the U.S with Chandler’s family

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