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Queen Elizabeth’s cousin comes out as bisexual

Queen Elizabeth’s cousin comes out as bisexual

Lord Ivar Mountbatten, cousin to Queen Elizabeth and great-great-great grandson to Queen Victoria, has come out as bisexual, making him the first member of the royal family to come out.

He told the Daily Mail, ‘I have struggled with my sexuality and in some ways I still do; it has been a real journey to reach this point.’

‘I buried it,’ he said.

But at the age of 53, and never happier, Lord Mountbatten has found new love and a new lease on life.

Lord Mountbatten met his partner James Coyle, an airline service cabin director, while on vacation to Switzerland.

When the couple met, James was openly gay but Lord Ivar was still in the closet and not having that transparency was a real deal breaker for James.

James says: ‘If I was going to be with him, it had to be in the open with friends and family. I wanted us to be honest, not to hide anything, not to be anything else.’

So there was nothing left for Lord Mountbatten to do but to come out.

The pair have moved into Bridwell Park mansion together, a 120-acre estate in Devon.

Lord Mountbatten married Penny, his first wife, in 1994, but says he was completely open about his sexuality from the start.

‘Penny was aware before we got married. I told her I was bisexual, that my attraction went both ways, Lord Mountbatten says.

‘We had a lot of fun, we have three fabulous daughters and I don’t regret any stage of my life,’ he continued.

Penny now lives 200 yards away and continues to visit her ex-husband.

Their three daughters are completely understanding about the new arrangement