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Member of British royal family comes out as gay

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LONDON: A member of the British Royal Family has become the first ever to come out as gay.

According to MetroUK, Lord Ivar Mountbatten, who has three children with ex-wife Penelope (Penny) Thompson, confessed publicly that he had struggled with his sexuality.

He then hastened to add that he was happy to now be in a partnership with James Coyle, an airline cabin services director.

The couple met while skiing in Verbier, Switzerland.

Lord Ivar Mountbatten and his eldest daughter Ella Louise Georgina, July 2014.

Lord Ivar Mountbatten and his eldest daughter Ella Louise Georgina, July 2014.

Penny was aware before we got married,’ he told the Mail last week. ‘I told her I was bisexual, that my attraction went both ways. She was understanding and I will always be grateful to her.

‘”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.’

Lord Ivar Mountbatten with his ex-wife Penny

Lord Ivar Mountbatten with his ex-wife Penny

He added: ‘Being a Mountbatten was never the problem. 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.’

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