Queen Elizabeth's cousin announces: "I'm gay"

For the first time in history, a member of the British Royal Family came out as gay. Lord Ivar Mountbatten is Queen Elizabeth's cousin and decided to come out with the support of his family. "I have struggled with my sexuality and in some ways I still do; it has been a real journey to reach this point,” said Mountbatten.
Lord Mountbatten and his partner James Coyle Photo Credit: The Daily Mail/Channel 2 News

Queen Elizabeth's cousin Lord Ivar Mountbatten became the first openly gay member in the British Royal Family. Lord Mountbatten is 53 years old and has three children with his ex-wife Penelope Thompson. In an interview with the Daily Mirror, Mountbatten said that he had struggled with his sexuality in the past but today, he is happily in a relationship with his partner James Coyle, an airline cabin services director.

"Penny was aware before we got married,” said Mountbatten. “I told her I was bisexual, that my attraction went both ways. She was understanding and I will always be grateful to her.”

Mountbatten added, "I have struggled with my sexuality and in some ways I still do; it has been a real journey to reach this point.”

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