By Yvonne Sam
Social and Political Commentator
The Royal family has been in the spotlight recently – with the marriage of the uncommon commoner, Meghan Markle, to Prince Henry of Wales, better known as Prince Harry; and the scheduled marriage, on Friday, October 12, of the Queen’s granddaughter, Princess Eugenie, seventh in line to the throne.
The latter union will be solemnized at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor, and will likely be more low-keyed and not likely to be televised, as that of Harry and Meghan.
Before Eugenie officially walks down the aisle, another member of the Royal family announced that he will be tying the knot, albeit different, but keeping the family in the spotlight.
Lord Ivar Mountbatten, the third cousin, once removed, of Queen Elizabeth, will marry his longtime partner, James Coyle, this summer. Such a union will mark the extended royal family’s first same sex marriage.
In 2016, Lord Mountbatten made headlines when he became the first openly homosexual member of the family. He proclaimed his homosexuality after separating from his wife, Penny Mountbatten, the mother of his three daughters, who claimed to be aware of his sexual status, even before marriage.
She told the London Daily Mail, “I married Ivar with a completely open heart and open mind …. Ivar had told me he was bisexual, before he proposed. I didn’t have any fears about it because I loved him, and love conquers all, doesn’t it?”
She filed for divorce after 15 years of marriage, and eight years later, she prepares to walk her ex-husband down the aisle and give him away—at the suggestion of their eldest daughter. In addition to his ex-wife and daughters, Ivar also has the support and blessings of his close friend, Prince Edward, the youngest son of Queen Elizabeth II.
Notwithstanding, it is unlikely that any of the immediate royal family will attend the private ceremony, to be held on Lord Mountbatten’s estate in Devon.
The Queen has yet to comment on the proposed union, but she made her support of homosexuality and transgenderism clear, in a speech before Parliament in 2017, where she vowed to make “further progress to tackle the gender pay gap and discrimination against people on the basis of their race, faith, gender, disability or sexual orientation.”
It is also rumored that when she signed the Royal Assent for the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2013, she said: “Well, who’d have thought 62 years ago when I came to the throne, I’d be signing something like this? Isn’t it wonderful?”
No need to question or speculate on the Queen’s feelings of this impending wedding that is being hailed by the British press as groundbreaking and progressive, although Mountbatten’s comments highlight the sad reality of family breakdown.
“I loved Penny when we were married, as I still do very much, and I loved our family unit. I never thought this would happen. It’s brilliant, but I never thought I’d marry a man,” he confided to a Daily Mail interviewer. “Being completely truthful, it doesn’t sit comfortably with me that I am going out with a man. I’ve lived my whole life as a heterosexual. … [I]n an ideal world, I would prefer to have a wife because that has always been the norm.”
There is an underlying reason for Lord Mountbatten stating that he is uncomfortable going out with a man, let alone marrying a man.
Such an arrangement runs counter to God’s design for marriage, and the Good Book, now being seen in a bad light, reveals that homosexuality is the result of lawlessness and is a sin. Although many now claim that homosexuality is a genetic condition, no genetic evidence supports the idea that people are born homosexual or transgender.
The royal family, in similar manner like non-royalty, has been falling from the moral high ground for years, committing fornication, adultery and many other family-destroying sins, as evidenced in the gallery of royal rogues.
The family structure within society is decaying because people are embracing such sins. Great societies can only be built upon a foundation of stable families.
Yvonne Sam, a retired Head Nurse and Secondary School Teacher, is Vice-president of the Guyana Cultural Association of Montreal. A regular columnist for over two decades with the Montreal Community Contact, her insightful and incursive articles on topics ranging from politics, human rights and immigration, to education and parenting have also appeared in the Huffington Post, Montreal Gazette, XPressbogg and Guyanese OnLine. She is also the recipient of the Governor General of Canada Caring Canadian Citizen Award.