The First Ever Member Of The British Royal Family Just Openly Came Out As Gay
There's some pretty cool news today after the Queen's cousin, that's Lord Ivar Mountbatten, became the first ever member of the British Royal Family to openly come out as gay.
Revealing the news in an interview, he also shared that he is extremely happy in a relationship with James Coyle, an airline cabin services director.
Speaking to the Mail on Sunday, Lord Mountbatten (left) explains that he has struggled to accept his sexuality over the years, but now feels in a place to share who he is.
"Penny was aware before we got married," he told the Mail on Sunday, explaining that now ex-wife Penny Thomspon and the mother of his three children has always been very supportive. "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."
He also explains that being a member of the Royal Family was never what stopped him coming out, more the generation he is a part of and his own struggle to come to terms with who he is.
"Being a Mountbatten was never the problem," he said. "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."
Yes Lord Ivar and CONGRATS to you. *Blares partyhorn*