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Rumors that Lord Mountbatten was secretly bisexual have now resurfaced in a £ 600,000 legal battle between the UK Cabinet Office and historian Andrew Lowrie, who is fighting for the publication of letters and diaries which he claims will support the claims, reported The Sun, UK.
Lowrie told a court that three of Mountbatten’s lovers were still alive, including Oscar-winning actress Shirley MacLaine and an anonymous woman prominent in royal circles.
“An amazing but very nervous socialite, Edwina – who was named the sixth best dressed woman in the world at the time – had at least 18 lovers, including singer Leslie ‘Hutch’ Hutchinson, to whom she once gifted a girdle. jewelry encrusted penis, ”reported The Sun, UK.
He also demanded the publication of private letters to Edwina, which he said could contain evidence of bisexuality, and reiterated claims that Lady Mountbatten had a long affair with former Indian Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru, reported The Sun.
Louis – affectionately known to his family as Dickie – was often absent with the Navy and cracks began to appear in their marriage after the birth of their first daughter, Patricia, in 1924.
Edwina was so jealous of the attention the baby had received that she took her to a nanny on the south coast and embarked on a series of affairs.
She quickly surrounded herself with a harem of lovers she called “ginks” – including Lord Molyneux, a wealthy American polo player called Laddie Sandford and newspaper editor Mike Wardell.
Daughter Pamela Hicks later revealed that several admirers were often in tow at the same time and even had to be separated at the family home, Broom House in Park Lane, according to the report.
“When my mother came back from shopping one day she was met, ‘Mr. Larry Gray is in the living room, Mr. Sandford is in the library, Mr. Ted Phillips is in the boudoir, Senor Portago (east) in the ‘anteroom and I do “I don’t know what to do with Mr. Molyneux,” “she wrote, according to the report.
Divorce, especially within the royal family, was frowned upon and Pamela said the fallout was “messy and complex”.
“When my dad first learned that she had taken a lover he was devastated,” she said.
“But eventually, using their reserves of deep mutual affection, my parents managed to negotiate a way through this crisis and found a modus vivendi (way of life).”
The couple agreed to a “low-key” open marriage and Pamela said her “father’s total desire for my mother’s happiness” was what made the marriage work.
When her husband was posted to Malta in the early 1930s, Edwina had an affair with American golfer Bobby Sweeney.
In 1947, Lord Mountbatten was appointed Viceroy of India and tasked with overseeing the country’s transition to India, and the couple moved to Delhi.
“There, Edwina was to find her most enduring love affair with Indian Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru, who, at 58, was ten years her senior,” reported The Sun.
As Mountbatten himself wrote to his daughter Patricia, “She and Jawaharlal (Nehru) are so sweet together, they really adore each other,” according to the report.
When the Mountbattens left India in 1948, Edwina returned to visit them every year and Nehru made an annual trip to London whenever she was there, the report added.
In the meantime, they wrote long love letters.
Edwina died in 1960, aged 58, of unknown causes – with a stack of letters from Nehru near her bed and Pamela said Dickie remained faithful to the end, the report adds. (IANS / JB)
Keywords: Edwina Mountbatten, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, Love, Relations, India, London