Lord Ivar Mountbatten is officially the first member of the British Royal Family to come out as gay. The 53-year-old spoke to The Mail about embracing his true self even though he’s still “not 100% comfortable” with it. He said:
“Being a Mountbatten was never the problem, it was the generation into which I was born. When I was growing up, it was known as ‘the love that dare not speak its name,’ but what’s amazing now is how far we have all come in terms of acceptance.”
The cousin to Queen Elizabeth has three daughters with ex-wife Penny, and explained that he’d always been honest with her about his sexuality:
“I never thought I would get married because I didn’t want to be untruthful. 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. We had a lot of fun, we have three fabulous daughters and I don’t regret any stage of my life.”
Currently, Lord Ivar is dating 54-year-old James Coyle, an airline cabin services director, whom he met at a Swiss ski resort. Speaking of his coming out, the royal is still obviously coming to terms with it all, and with the changes it has brought to his life:
“‘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.”
We’re so happy for him and this new stage in his life! We wish him the best!