Queen Elizabeth’s cousin Lord Ivar Mountbatten has come out as the first bisexual member of the British Royal family, with speculations of Prince Harry being the next on the list.
Mountbatten faced the public for the first time and admitted the truth about his sexual preferences. He married Penelope Thompson in 1994 and had three children, Ella, Alexandra and Louise. The couple got divorced in 2011. In the Sunday publication, the queen’s cousin said that he had been struggling with his sexuality for a long time but he was quite happy after he got involved in a relationship with James Coyle. Coyle is an airline cabin services director.
“Penny was aware before we got married. I told her I was bisexual, that my attraction went both ways. She was understanding and I will always be grateful to her,” said Mountbatten, who is the great-great-great-grandson of Queen Victoria, calling ex-wife Penelope by her nickname.
“‘Coming out’ is such a funny phrase but it’s what I suppose I did in a rather roundabout way, emerging to a place I’m happy to be. I have struggled with my sexuality and in some ways I still do; it has been a real journey to reach this point.”
The royal family member said that it was difficult for him to accept “who I was.” Facing the family members was tough, so he “buried” his reality. Mountbatten added that it was not his family background that restricted him to confront people. Rather, it was the time he was in. He said he was growing up with “the love that dare not speak its name” but times have changed, and now he is admitting his bisexuality without any social fear.
Referring to the complications that his kids might face, Mountbatten said that kids always want a complete family – their father and mother to be together. For them to accept that “their father has a boyfriend – it’s that complicated and that simple. Finding James means I will not have to lie to anyone or grow old on my own,” Queen Elizabeth’s cousin told The Mail.