London: She was hailed as “the most beautiful woman in England”. When dashing Prince Louis and Edwina Mountbatten entered the altar in 1922, it was the social wedding of the decade, reported The Sun, UK.
But behind closed doors, their 38-year marriage was far from perfect – Lord Mountbatten once admitted, “Edwina and I spent our entire married life slipping into other people’s beds.”
She is believed to be sexually obsessed and was once “pushed” over a banquet table while having a romp with a lover, reported The Sun.
Lord Mountbatten – who is believed to be named after Prince Louis – was “devastated” by her infidelity in the early days of their marriage.
Realizing that he had no other choice on the matter, he began to take lovers of his own as well, the report says.
In 2019, FBI documents from the 1940s exposed shocking claims that Mountbatten – who was murdered by an IRA bomb in 1979 – was secretly “a homosexual with a perversion for little boys,” The Sun reported.
Queen Victoria’s great-grandson, Mountbatten – Prince Philip’s uncle – was born in 1900 at Frogmore House, Windsor, when Prince Louis von Battenberg, Report said.
When he met 20-year-old Edwina Ashley in 1920, she was a leading figure in London society with a £ 2 million inheritance (equivalent to £ 53 million today) from her grandfather, financier Ernest Cassel, to help fund her party lifestyle.
Their wedding at St. Margaret’s Chapel in Westminster drew a crowd of 8,000 and was attended by many members of the royal family, including Queen Mary, Queen Alexandra and the then Prince of Wales – the future Edward VIII.
“Both were virgins when they got married, but Edwina soon revealed her love for sex when she asked to go to Paris on her honeymoon so they could explore the most terrifying places we could find.”
Louis found sex less attractive and called it a “mix of psychology and hydraulics,” reported The Sun.
“As Edwina Nehru got closer, new rumors began to circulate about Lord Mountbatten,” reported the Sun.
The FBI had interviewed several people who claimed the naval commander was bisexual, including one claiming that he had a fetish for “young boys”.
The first FBI files date from February 1944, shortly after Mountbatten became Commander in Chief of the Allies in Southeast Asia.
It says: “Lord Louis Mountbatten and his wife are considered people of extremely low morale.”
It also said there were allegations: “Lord Louis Mountbatten was known to be a homosexual with a perversion for little boys,” the report reads.
Homosexual acts were banned in Britain until 1967, and many memos about Mountbatten’s sexuality have since been edited or destroyed.