Lord Ivar Mountbatten, who is Queen Elizbeth’s cousin has found a new love, James Coyle. He admits being gay. This is the first royal member to do so. According to Daily Mail, the family members have been supportive of this new revelation.
Mountbatten has now told his family and friends about being gay and introduced his partner James Coyle, an airline cabin services director to them. He met James last March while skiing in the Swiss resort Verbier.
“I am a lot happier now, though I am still not 100 per cent comfortable with being gay,” he told Mail. “‘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.”
Mountbatten also revealed that he had known about being bisexual since a teenager but partially denied about his sexuality.
“I just did not want to go there because there would have been so much grief … I was driven into the closet by not wanting to come to terms with who I was and facing friends and family in the early years. I buried it,” he said.
“I even had girlfriends as I tried to work out what I wanted to be. It was not an easy time in my teens or 20s.”
Mountbatten informed his then girlfriend, Thompson that he is bisexual before they got married. “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.”
Mountbatten said that the pair broke up as his wife did not feel the love and required more than what he was able to give her.
Apparently, Mountbatten is very happy with his current partner and they also have an agreement about public displays of affection apart from hi or goodbye.
He said that the decision to come out in this manner had been supported by his former wife, children and the royal family.