First posted: Tuesday, September 20, 2016 07:58 AM EDT | Updated: Tuesday, September 20, 2016 08:22 AM EDT
Queen Elizabeth II’s cousin has become the first member of the British royal family to ‘come out’ as gay.
Lord Ivar Mountbatten, 53, has opened up to The Daily Mail about his sexuality, revealing he is dating airline cabin services director James Coyle.
Mountbatten has three daughters from his marriage to ex-wife Penny, and tells the Mail he was never dishonest with her.
“I never thought I would get married because I didn’t want to be untruthful,” he says. “Penny was aware before we got married. I told her I was bisexual, that my attraction went both ways. She was understanding and I will always be grateful to her. We had a lot of fun, we have three fabulous daughters and I don’t regret any stage of my life.”
The royal admits he is still coming to terms with his sexuality, stating, “‘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.”
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