The wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle took the world by storm due to its novelty. They will soon be upstaged by an even greater novelty: the first homosexual royal wedding.
Though far down the family tree, the third cousin once removed to Queen Elizabeth, Lord Ivar Mountbatten, announced that he will be marrying his partner, James Coyle.
According to LifeSiteNews, Ivar Mountbatten divorced his long-term wife Penny Mountbatten in 2016 after coming out as homosexual. They have three daughters together: 15, 20, and 22. Such news would likely devastate any woman, but Penny says that she supports her ex-husband's newfound identity so much that she will be walking him down the aisle at the ceremony.
"The ceremony itself will be very small. It's just for the girls and close family and friends," Coyle said of the affair, which will be held on Mountbatten’s private chapel on his Devon country estate.
Penny reportedly knew Ivar had bisexual tendencies before they got married but still decided to wed him due to her being "very open-minded about sexuality." This open-mindedness eventually led to Penny feeling lonely and depressed. After 15 years of marriage, she left due to Ivar's inability to be "his authentic self unless I left."
The divorced couple say their daughters support the union. As far as the immediate Royal Family is concerned, Prince Edward (brother of Charles) has given his blessing while Queen Elizabeth has made no comment.
"When I mentioned it to our eldest daughter, Ella, she said, 'Oh Pap, it's not a big deal. It's so normal nowadays,"” Mountbatten said. "Of course that generation, they're completely cool about the concept of this."
"Ivar is so much more relaxed these days. He's so much kinder," Penny claimed. "He probably wasn't even aware that by keeping his sexuality a secret it was really quite tormenting him."
Ivar Mountbatten has expressed conflicting accounts regarding how he feels toward his sexuality in the past. In an interview with Daily Mail, he said "I definitely think it’s in the genes" while admitting he felt uncomfortable with it.
"It's brilliant but I suppose in an ideal world I would prefer to have a wife because that has always been the norm," Mountbatten revealed.
"If there were two things Ivar and I could have changed about ourselves in our marriage, I wouldn't have drunk so much and you would, perhaps, have changed your sexuality?" Penny said.
"Certainly, without doubt, most gay blokes my age would prefer to be heterosexual," he agreed.