Lord Ivar Mountbatten, Queen Elizabeth’s cousin, announced that he is going to marry his gay partner, James Coyle.
The partner reported to Daily Mail that the wedding will not be anything big and fancy, but a small ceremony with close friends and family. For the reception, around 120 people will be invited.
Lord Mountbatten recvealed that marriage was important for James. She said, “For me, what’s interesting is I don’t need to get married because I’ve been there, done that and have my wonderful children; but I’m pushing it because I think it’s important for him.”
He further added how he wanted his boyfriend to finally have stability in his life. “James hasn’t had the stable life I have. I want to be able to give that.”
In 2016, Lord Mountbatten revealed that he was in a relationship with James Coyle. Before his sexual orientation became clear to him, Mountbatten was married to a woman called Penny, whom he shares three daughters with. Reportedly, before the two were engaged, the British aristocrat told his to-be fiancé that he was only bi-sexual.
Mountbatten has stated that his extended family is extremely understanding and sympathetic to the couple. Prince Edward, Queen Elizabeth’s youngest son and Mountbatten’s childhood friend, and his wife Sophie, the Countess of Wessex, have been the most supportive to Mountbatten’s decision. The aristocrat stated, “Sophie and Edward know of our plans and are really excited for us.”
However, the two will not be able to attend the wedding. He added, “Sadly, they can’t come to the wedding. Their diaries are arranged months in advance and they’re not around, but they adore James. Everyone adores him.”
The ex-wife, Penny, revealed that she will be walking him down the aisle during the ceremony. She also added that it was their daughter’s idea to do so. “It was the girls’ idea. It makes me feel quite emotional. I’m really very touched,” she revealed.
The Royal Family has been experiencing a series of controversial marriages ever since Princess Diana divorced her husband, Prince Charles, and fell in love with an Egyptian Muslim billionaire, Dodi Fayed.
Recently in mid-May, Prince Harry married out of his race and nationality to an African-American woman, Meghan Markle. The wedding took place in St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle in the United Kingdom.