The cousin of Queen Lord Ivar Mountbatten, who became the first royal in a same-sex marriage, admits his family & # 39; doesn't really talk about it & # 39; while he is preparing to celebrate his first wedding anniversary
- Lord Ivar Mountbatten, 56, came out and divorced the 16-year-old woman in 2011
- But he doesn't know how the decision was made with royals because they & # 39; don't talk about it & # 39;
- & # 39; The royals do not communicate so well, & # 39; he said before the anniversary
The first member of the royal family to marry someone of the same sex has revealed that his relatives are not discussing his relationship.
Lord Ivar Mountbatten, 56, who is the Queen's third cousin, is preparing to celebrate his first wedding anniversary with the Glasgow-born stewardess James Coyle.
The father of three divorced in 2011 from his wife Lady Penny Mountbatten, showing that he had struggled through his relationship with his sexuality.
But he admitted that he had no idea how his decision to become the first member of the extended royal family to be gay was received.
& # 39; They really don't talk about it & # 39 ;, he told the magazine Tatler. & # 39; I mean, the royals, they don't communicate that well. & # 39;
Lord Ivar Mountbatten (right) and his Glasgow-born husband James Coyle enjoy the sun in the Bahamas in March
Lord Ivar Mountbatten (right) with his fiancée James Coyle and ex-wife Lady Penny Mountbatten at their home in Uffculme in Devon
Lord Ivar still lives in the monumental family house near Uffculme village in Devon with Lady Penny and their three daughters Ella, 23, Alix, 21 and 16-year-old Luli.
Although it may seem strange to look inside, he says that his family has embraced his new love – which he met in the Swiss-Swiss ski resort of Verbier – in the house as well.
He said: & # 39; I think they like having another man in the house. Better than a stepmother who could have been a step monster. & # 39;
Lady Penny, from whom he divorced nine years ago, is incredibly supportive of the union and even gave her former husband away during the ceremony.
The former couple poses with their three daughters during a polo match in West Sussex in 2005
Last year she told The Mail: & # 39; Ivar is so much more relaxed these days. He is so much nicer. He has become a great cook.
Aristocratic ideal: Lord Ivar Mountbatten and Penny on their wedding day 25 years ago
& # 39; I now call him Fanny Cradock. He was probably not even aware that, by keeping his sexuality secret, it tormented him considerably.
& # 39; Now it's & # 39; out & # 39; he is a very different person. Everyone says they have never seen him so happy. & # 39; & # 39;
The life of Lord Ivar is demonstrably different from 25 years ago when he married Penny at a ceremony in the family's ancestral home in Essex, attended by Princess Margaret and Prince Edward. But he still describes it as & # 39; the best day of his life & # 39 ;.
By 2011 he had separated from Penny and three years later he met Mr. Coyle, 57. They clicked immediately and three weeks later he was introduced to family members.
Mother Iet, lord of Ivar, 81, would support the union and insist that you have to try & # 39; everything once & # 39 ;.
His aunt, Nadejda Mountbatten, 2nd daisy from Milford Haven, was a lesbian.
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