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Lord Ivan Mountbatten and friends

Lord Ivar Mountbatten, his ex-wife Lady Penny and his fiancee James Coyle
Credit: Murray Sanders/Daily Mail

by Rebecca Hardy, The Daily Mail

Another royal wedding is about to dominate the media, albeit for a very different reason than Prince Harry and Meagan Markle’s recent nuptials.

Lord Ivar Mountbatten, third cousin once removed to Queen Elizabeth, has announced he will be “marrying” James Coyle, marking the first same-sex “wedding” in the extended British royal family.

Ivar came out as homosexual in 2016, several years after divorcing his wife Penny Mountbatten. The couple had three daughters, who are currently 15, 20, and 22 years old. But despite their divorce, Penny told the UK Daily Mail she’s so supportive of her ex-husband’s current relationship that she’ll be the one to give him away at the ceremony.

She said the arrangement was her daughters’ idea, and “not at all” odd. The ceremony will be held on Mountbatten’s private chapel on his Devon country estate. “The ceremony itself will be very small. It’s just for the girls and close family and friends,” Coyle said.

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