At 53 years old, Queen Elizabeth II's cousin Lord Ivar Mountbatten has become the first openly gay member of the British royal family. In an extensive interview with the Daily Mail on Saturday, Mountbatten spoke at length about his lifelong struggles to come to terms with his sexuality; his. This category includes both monarchs and members of royal families who are shown by a verifiable, reliable source to be lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender. What would it matter if he is? Your question carries the faintest whiff of homophobia and classism. Just because someone is of a higher class, is a bit pretentious and has a posh accent we suddenly ask archly, "so, is he gay?" What possible eviden.