Queen Elizabeth’s Cousin Comes Out As Gay: I Was Driven Into The Closet

Lord Ivar Mountbatten, cousin to Queen Elizabeth, has become the first member of the extended Royal Family, to come out as gay.

“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,” he told the Daily Mail. “I buried it.”

The 53-year-old said it wasn’t his royal family that was the problem, but rather the times.

“Being a Mountbatten was never the problem,” he says, “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.”

Mountbatten says he has found new love with a man, and has the blessing of his ex-wife and three daughters, his wider family and his life-long friend Prince Edward.

387FE2E500000578-3794495-image-m-27_1474140780318Lord Ivar Mountbatten (left), 53, with boyfriend James Coyle outside Bridwell Park last week

“In an ideal world, I know the girls would like their mother and father still to be together, but they love the 21st-century family that we have built, too,” he explains. “Their father has a boyfriend—it’s that complicated and that simple. Finding James means I will not have to lie to anyone or grow old on my own.”

He met his boyfriend, airline cabin services director James Coyle, last March while on vacation in Switzerland.

Although he has the support of his royal family, he still is “not 100% comfortable with being gay,” but says he is happier now than he’s ever been.

“I have struggled with my sexuality and in some ways I still do; it has been a real journey to reach this point.”