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The Queen’s cousin becomes first member of The Royal Family to reveal he is gay

The Queen’s cousin, Lord Ivar Mountbatten, has revealed for the first time that he is in a relationship with a man after coming out as gay.

Lord Ivar Mountbattern is pictured on the left at an event in 2014.

Lord Ivar, who is the son of the 3rd Marquess of Milford Haven, is the first member of the extended Royal Family to come out as gay, although he says he does not feel “100 per cent comfortable.”

Speaking to the Mail on Sunday, the 53-year-old said: “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.

“I was driven into the closet by not wanting to come to terms with who I was and facing friends and family in the early years. I buried it.

“I’m just so pleased now to have found someone who I am happy to call my partner.”

Ivar Alexander Michael Mountbatten is a great-great-great grandchild of Queen Victoria and a direct descendant of Catherine the Great of Russia.

In addition to Her Majesty, he is also cousin to Prince Philip and godfather to Lady Louise ­Windsor.

He was married to Penelope Anne Vere Thompson and they had three daughters together. They divorced in 2011 after 16 years of marriage.