Queen’s cousin claims royals ‘don’t discuss’ his gay marriage which made history

The Queen's cousin who made history by marrying his boyfriend in the Royal Family's first ever gay wedding claims his relatives don't discuss his relationship.

Lord Ivar Mountbatten, 56, wed Glasgow-born flight attendant James Coyle, 57, last year in what he described as a "perfect" day – despite the miserable rainy British weather .

The pair tied the knot in the private chapel on his country estate near the village of Uffculme in Devon and and he was given away by his ex-wife Lady Penny Mountbatten.

The ceremony was attended by the former couple's three daughters Ella, 23, Alexandra, 21, and Louise Mountbatten, 16, along with other family and friends.


Now as Lord Ivar and James prepare to celebrate their first wedding anniversary next month, the Queen's third cousin once removed, has lifted the lid on their romance.

Speaking to Tatler magazine, he admitted he has no idea how his decision to become the first member of the extended royal family to come out as gay was received.

"They really don't talk about it. I mean, the royals, they don't communicate very well," he said.

But he admitted his ex-wife and daughters had welcomed James in with open arms.


"I think they like having another man in the house. Better than a stepmother who could've turned out to be a step-monster," he added.

Lord Ivar knew he was gay from a young age, and told Lady Penny he was bisexual before he proposed.

They divorced almost 10 years ago after a 16-year marriage. The ceremony in April 1994 was attended by Princess Margaret and Prince Edward.

Lord Ivar, whose father David Mountbatten was first cousin to Prince Philip, came out as gay in 2016.

He later revealed he struggled with his sexuality throughout their relationship but they remained extremely close and Lady Penny is incredibly supportive of the union.


In an interview last year she said: "Ivar is so much more relaxed these days. He's so much kinder. He's become a great cook.

"I now call him Fanny Cradock. He probably wasn't even aware that by keeping his sexuality a secret it was really quite tormenting him. 

"Now it's 'out' he's a completely different person. Everybody says they've never seen him happier."

Lord Ivar, son of the 3rd Marquess of Milford Haven, met James in the upmarket Swiss ski resort of Verbier. They clicked immediately and within three weeks he was being introduced to family members.

Lord Ivar's mother Janet, 81, is said to be supportive of the union and insists you should 'try everything once'.

Last year, Lord Ivar, Lady Penny and James spoke openly about their relationships in an interview with the Daily Mail .



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