NEWLY unearthed FBI files describe Prince Charles’s mentor, Lord Mountbatten, as “a homosexual with a perversion for young boys”.
The 75-year-old secret dossier was obtained by British historian Andrew Lownie, using freedom of information laws.
Quotes from the files are included in his new biography of Mountbatten – Prince Philip’s uncle – and his wife Edwina.
The US dossier sheds further light on the sex life of Mountbatten, the last viceroy of India, and his wife. An aristocratic source close to the couple, interviewed by the FBI in the 1940s, described them as “persons of extremely low morals”.
Another source in the FBI files claimed that Mountbatten’s private life made him “an unfit man to direct any sort of military operations.”
Mr Lownie believes US spies began compiling intelligence on Mountbatten’s private life after he was made supreme allied commander of Southeast Asia during the Second World War.
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It’s not known if the material was passed to the British government.
The book, The Mountbattens – Their Lives and Loves by Andrew Lownie – will be published on August 22.
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