FBI files claim Lord Louis Mountbatten had ‘perversion for young boys’
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The Queen infamously called 1992 her “annus horribilis” however there is a strong argument to be made that 2019 is shaping up to be an equally difficult year for Her Majesty.
Not only is the UK on the precipice of a constitutional crisis with Brexit looming and her son Prince Andrew is facing renewed scrutiny over his friendship with convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, but this week a cache of documents have surfaced that allege one of the Windsor family’s most trusted confidantes had a “perversion for young boys”.
The claims are based on three decades of American intelligence service files uncovered by biographer Andrew Lownie as part of his research for new book The Mountbattens: Their Lives & Loves, and they cast Lord Louis Mountbatten — a World War II hero and Prince Philip’s uncle — in a disturbing light.
The newly unearthed FBI files, The Times reports, reference a 1944 interview with Elizabeth de la Poer Beresford, Baroness Decies, a friend of the royal family.
“She states that in these circles Lord Louis Mountbatten and his wife are considered persons of extremely low morals. She stated that Lord Louis Mountbatten was known to be a homosexual with a perversion for young boys,” the report said.
“In Lady Decies’ opinion he is an unfit man to direct any sort of military operations because of this condition. She stated further that his wife Lady Mountbatten was considered equally erratic.”
Lownie is also said to quote a rent boy named Anthony Daly who had a relationship with politician Tom Driberg. According to The Times, Daly alleged that “Tom said Mountbatten had something of a fetish for uniforms — handsome young men in military uniforms (with high boots) and beautiful boys in school uniform.”
While Lord Mountbatten was only the Queen’s second cousin and Prince Philip’s uncle (the married couple are third cousins), his sway over the course of the royal family in the 20th century was extraordinary.
Lovingly referred to as Uncle Dickie, it was his manoeuvring and machinations which helped bring then-Princess Elizabeth and a penniless Greek Prince together. Decades later he would be a guiding force encouraging his “honorary grandson” Prince Charles to finally settle down.
And it would be his surname that generations of members of the royal family would carry into the future.
Only the bluest of blood flowed in Louis Mountbatten’s veins. He was the son of Prince Louis of Battenberg and Princess Victoria of Hesse and his great-grandmother was Queen Victoria. Intriguingly, his birthplace was Frogmore House in Windsor Great Park.
In 1903, his sister Princess Alice of Battenberg married Prince Andrew of Greece and Denmark. Their son Prince Philip was born in 1921, their fifth child and only son.
The following year, the family fled Greece (and were in fact rescued by a British navy ship) after the 1922 revolution. Life for the exiled royals was not easy. They settled in a house loaned to them in Paris and faced years of financial hardship.
Prince Andrew ultimately left for Monte Carlo where he lived in a hotel with his mistress ...
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