First British Royal Family Member Comes Out as Gay; Gets Royal Support and Acceptance

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The British Royal Family is not as uptight as we think they are. Lord Ivar Mountbatten, the Queen?s cousin, recently came out as gay, and the family supports him fully. Mountbatten is the great great great grandson of Queen Victoria and the great nephew of Earl Mountbatten of Burma.

The 53-year-old British Royal is the first member to come out after he revealed that he is now dating a man after a lifelong struggle with his sexuality. He came out in an interview together with his boyfriend James Coyle, 54, whom he met on a skiing holiday in March.

While he is happier now that he has opened up about his sexuality, he admits he is still finding his feet in his new relationship. He has lived a heterosexual lifestyle until recently, and he says living with a man is new to him and he is taking it one step at a time.

Family acceptance

Mountbatten divorced from his wife Penelope Thompson in 2011 after 17 years of marriage. They have three children. He revealed that while having a boyfriend has provided him with a learning curve, his daughters meanwhile like having another man in the house, rather than a stepmother. Even his ex wife seems to accept the set up, as Penelope even goes to yoga with his new boyfriend.


Lord Ivar Mountbatten and Penelope Thompson when they were still married. (Photo source: newnownext.com)

Boyfriend Coyle recounts that when he and Lord Mountbatten?s ex wife went to the village yoga class together, people mistook him as her new boyfriend. ?She had to tell them: no, he?s Ivar?s, not mine,? he shared.

The couple has a strict no public affection rule. But since everyone in the family and their friends know about their relationship, they are more relieved, especially when they have everyone?s support.

?Finding James means I will not have to lie to anyone or grow old on my own,? the British Royal said.

The Queen is also on board and is actually a supporter of same sex marriage. In 2013, she had given the Royal Assent to the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act, allowing it to become a law.


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