Published On: Wed, Sep 4th, 2019

Royal news: Queen’s cousin reveals awkward family trait – ‘They don’t do it very well’ | Royal | News

Lord Ivar Mountbatten became the first member of the Queen’s family to wed a same sex partner last September and was recently asked how the Monarch responded when he came out. He told Tatler the Royal Family remained unfazed by the news, before revealing they have an awkward trait. He said: “They don’t really talk about it. I mean, the royals, they don’t communicate very well.”

The remark comes after he said senior royals did not contact him after the news of his wedding broke.

He married partner James Coyle in a quiet ceremony a year ago this month. He also said he still finds it “quite odd” to have a husband.

He joked: “I suppose I’m quite traditional.”

Lord Ivar has three children by is ex-wife Penelope Anne Vere Thompson.

Her said his family were not bothered about him coming out.

He said: “When I mentioned it to Ella [Ivar’s eldest daughter] she was very cool about it.

“All her friends go on weekends where they snog each other, boy or girl, then go back and tell each other. I think that generation are just totally unfazed by it all.”

He said the same of his 81-year-old mother Janet Mountbatten, Marchioness of Milford Haven.

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He captioned the image: “Well we did it finally! It was an amazing day despite the miserable British weather.

“Fabulous service conducted by Trish Harrogate, chief Registrar for Devon, who set the perfect but lighthearted tone for what is a serious occasion.

“The accompanying gospel choir were amazing. Thank you so much to Bristol’s Teachers Rock Choir for your superb singing.”

He added: “Most importantly a massive thanks to my three gorgeous girls for being so understanding and supportive, without their support this could never have happened!

“And finally the biggest thank you to James for being just perfect.”

Lord Ivar opened up about his sexuality after a lifelong battle.

He said he and his husband met on a skiing holiday in March 2016 and that it took some time for him to find his feet in the relationship.

He told the Mail on Sunday: “I am a lot happier now, though I am still not 100 percent comfortable with being gay.

“Being a Mountbatten was never the problem, 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.

“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 added: “Simply talking about it in public is a huge step for me. Up to this point, I have had a heterosexual lifestyle, so living with a man is really new. One step at a time.”

He divorced from his wife of 17 years in 2011.

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