The first ever gay royal wedding is about to happen as Lord Ivar is set to marry his longtime boyfriend, James Coyle.
It hasn’t even been a month since the royal wedding between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, but now a new wedding involving the Royal Family is set to happen. This one is just in time for Pride, which is very fitting, as it’s going to be a gay wedding--a first for Britain’s royalty.
Lord Ivar Mountbatten is a cousin to Queen Elizabeth and the son of the 3rd Marquess of Milford Haven. He doesn’t have nearly as big a castle (or any castle, for that matter), but he does have a lovely estate in Devonshire County. He also has three beautiful daughters, Ella, 22, Alix, 20, and Luli, 15, with his ex-wife Penny.
He came out about two years ago, long after divorcing his spouse in 2010. In an interview with The Daily Mail, Ivar admits that he struggled with his sexuality throughout his 16-year marriage. Then Ivar met James at a Swiss ski resort (as you do when you’re royalty), and his entire world changed.
"Ivar is so much more relaxed these days. He's so much kinder. He's become a great cook. I now call him Fanny Cradock,” says James Coyle, 56. “He probably wasn't even aware that by keeping his sexuality a secret it was really quite tormenting him. Now it's out he's a completely different person. Everybody says they've never seen him happier."
It didn’t take long for that happiness to bloom into marriage. There was no proposal, just a mutual agreement between Lord Ivar and James that they’d found their respective soul mates.
Luckily for Ivar, his family is entirely supportive of the union. Ivar recalls floating the idea by his daughter and receiving only a positive response. "When I mentioned it to our eldest daughter, Ella, she said, 'Oh Pap, it's not a big deal. It's so normal nowadays'."
In fact, the girls were so supportive they even asked their mother to give Ivar away at the wedding.
“It was the girls' idea,” Penny said. “It makes me feel quite emotional. I'm really very touched.”
Coyle now considers Ivar’s daughters his own, and along with Penny, the three of them make up a very supportive family. "We really are a funny threesome," Ivar commented before bursting out in laughter at the double entendre. "Not in that way!"
The marriage is set to take place in a small private chapel on the Devon estate later this summer. The union has the full blessing of the Royal Family and is sure to have everyone in attendance.