Lord Ivar Mountbatten has found love with partner James Coyle.
The 53-year-old, who is the son of the 3rd Marquess of Milford Haven, is the first member of the extended Royal Family to come out as gay, although he says he does not feel “100 per cent comfortable.”
“Being a Mountbatten was never the problem,’ he told the Mail on Sunday, “it was the generation into which I was born. 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.
‘”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.
“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.
“I’m just so pleased now to have found someone who I am happy to call my partner.”
His boyfriend is James Coyle, an airline cabin services director. The pair met in Swiss resort Verbier in March last year.
He says his former wife Penny, and their three daughters have been very supportive of him and have welcomed his partner into their lives.