It's often been said that in the British royal family, one has to put their own nature, desires and personal needs a distant second to duty and the expectations of others. And that's certainly been the way in the past with a number of senior royals reputedly feeling that they had to hide their true loves, and true sexualities, in order to meet family and public expectations.
But all that has dramatically changed as of today, with the first senior royal ever to come out as gay. Lord Ivar Mountbatten (pictured here top left), a cousin of Queen Elizabeth, who has three children with ex-wife Penelope Thompson, has opened up about his partnership with airline employee James Coyle.
'Being a Mountbatten was never the problem, it was the generation into which I was born,' he told Britain's The Mail on Sunday newspaper of his later-life coming out. '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.'
Lord Mountbatten is the son of the 3rd Marquess of Milford Haven and godfather to Prince Edward’s eldest child.