History will be made this summer when the British royalty will have its first same-sex nuptial, that of Lord Ivar Mountbatten to Mr. James Doyle. After accepting Ms. Meghan Markle, the first ever inter-racial bride into the royal family, as recently as on 19 May 2018 the British royalty are now opening their arms and hearts out to gay man, James Coyle. British royalty is, slowly but steadily, getting more COLOURFUL.
‘”Coming out” is never easy especially if you are burdened with the formality of a royal upbringing and the conventions of that class. Lord Mountbatten did so in a rather roundabout way, finally emerging into a place he’s happy to be in. “I have struggled with my sexuality and in some ways I still do; it has been a real journey to reach this point”, says he. James, who is an airline cabin services director and whom he met at a Swiss ski resort in Verbier in March last year, catalyzed the process by insisting that the ‘very much in love’ pair cement their relationship only if it was completely out in the open. Lord Mountbatten’s friends and family have fortunately been nothing but supportive of his decision.
Lord Ivar Mountbatten, the third cousin of Queen Elizabeth II, and Queen Victoria’s great-great-great grandson, first made history when he announced he was gay in 2016 and became the first member of the royal family to do so. He was earlier married to Lady Penny Mountbatten in 1994 and has 3 daughters from this marriage. The couple has since divorced in 2011. What makes this wedding even more special is that his ex-wife and daughters are all on board and it was in fact his daughters who suggested that Lady Penny walk their father down the aisle and give him away. “It makes me feel quite emotional. I’m really very touched”, was her warm response to the suggestion.