WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Lord Ivar Mountbatten, Queen Elizabeth’s third cousin, will marry his partner in the private chapel of his country estate, making it the first gay marriage in the extended royal family’s history.
- In 2016, five years after his divorce from wife Penny was finalized, the 55-year-old Ivar came out as gay.
- Ivar and ex-wife Penny, who will walk him down the aisle on his wedding, have remain friends after their divorce eight years ago.
After Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding in May, the royal family is preparing for another wedding this summer. The queen’s third cousin, Lord Ivar Mountbatten, will marry his partner of two years, James Coyle.
Five years after divorcing his wife Penelope Thompson, Mountbatten came out as gay in 2016. His relationship with fiancee James Coyle, an airline cabin services director, became public that same year. He met Coyle at the Swiss ski resort village of Verbier.
Ivan told the Daily Mail, “All my good friends have accepted James. I basically told everyone, ‘I’ve found somebody – it’s a bloke. They just started laughing. Then they met James and one particular mate said, ‘If I was gay, I’d certainly go for him.’ ”
The coming wedding was completely Ivar’s idea, as James had never been married before.
“For me, what’s interesting is I don’t need to get married because I’ve been there, done that and have my wonderful children,” Ivar said. “But I’m pushing it because I think it’s important for him. James hasn’t had the stable life I have. I want to be able to give (him) that.”
Penny will give her ex-husband away on his wedding on his estate at Devon. They have three daughters; Ella, 22, Alix, 20 and Luli, 15.
Ivar told The Telegraph in 2016 how he struggled for many years to come to terms with his sexuality. He is very vocal in saying that he was “so pleased” to have finally found James.
Ivar is Queen Victoria’s the great-great-great-grandson. He is the godfather of Prince Edward’s oldest child. Edward is the son of Queen Elizabeth, and the youngest brother of Prince Charles.