King Charles III’s great uncle Lord Louis Mountbatten – also known as ‘Uncle Dickie’ in the Royal circle – had allegedly been abusive to an 11-year-old boy in the 1970s. Metro.co.uk reports that Uncle Dickie was a close mentor to King Charles up until his death in 1979 when IRA denoted a bomb on his boat and killed him with three others.
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Here’s what happened
According to Arthur Smyth, who has waived his right to anonymity, the influential Royal Family member abused him twice when he was 11 years old. The incident happened at a notorious children’s home – Kincora home in Belfast.
Years later, Smyth has now decided to come forward and report the abuse against the King’s great uncle and mentor. Kevin Winters of KRW Law, Mr Smyth’s solicitor, confirmed that a summons has been filed which will be issued in the High Court in Belfast on Tuesday. He said:
Central to the case are our client’s allegations of abuse by the late Lord Louis Mountbatten.
Understandably many abuse survivors for reasons of obvious sensitivity choose to remain anonymous. Arthur’s decision to reveal his identity must be set against this backdrop.
It is borne out of anger at systemic state cover-up on abuse at these institutions. He alleges to have been abused twice as an 11-year-old by the deceased royal.
It’s the first time that someone has stepped forward to take allegations against Lord Mountbatten into a court. That decision hasn’t been taken lightly.
He understands only too well that it will be a deeply unpopular case with many people coming as it does within weeks of the passing of the Queen.
The Kincora Home
After a sexual abuse scandal, the Kincora home closed in October 1980 after opening in May 1958 on Belfast’s Upper Newtownards Road. 39 boys were assaulted at Kincora, according to the Historical Institutional Abuse Inquiry, and 3 men were imprisoned for abusing 11 boys in 1981. There was no proof that the security agencies were involved in the abuse.
Metro.co.uk: King Charles’s mentor Lord Mountbatten ‘abused boy, 11, in children’s home’