Prince Andrew’s alleged sexual crimes, bad as they are, are nothing but smokescreen to distract attention of the public from the problem that never goes away: the legacy of Lord Mountbatten, a gigantic figure in the Windsor dynasty, and the center of the most troubling allegations of sexual crimes against children.

“Mountbatten and many, many others in Northern Ireland and the UK, in the past, had sex with young boys and girls going right back to the 1970s, and earlier”, wrote Lownie.

When the first World War ended, anti-German sentiment in the UK was sky-high , so the Saxe-Coburg and Gotha rulers of the British Empire scrambled to rebrand themselves as the House of Windsor, lest the fate that had befallen their Russian and German cousins should be visited upon them, too. It was an existential threat for the dynasty.

The Battenberg branch of the family took the cue, and changed their names to Mountbatten.

Mountbatten was an admiral in the Royal Navy and served as Supreme Allied Commander, South East Command during the second World War. He also held the post of Chief of Defense Staff and Chairman of the NATO military Committee.

FBI files released in 2019 describe Prince Charles’s mentor, Lord Mountbatten, as “a homosexual with a perversion for young boys”.

The Anglo-Irish Vice Ring was a real-life network of pedophiles. They supplied children and teens to VIPs from England and Northern Ireland – allegedly including Lord Mountbatten and a host of upper class fiends.

This all led to the cover-up of the scandal, that could have brought Mountbatten’s bisexualism and open marriage again to the forefront – but this time tied to child rape and child trafficking of impoverished children from Northern Ireland.

Mountbatten’s wife, Edwina, was the millionaire granddaughter heiress of banker Sir Ernest Cassel, one of the richest men in Britain.

In 1931, when US newspapers suggested Edwina was romancing married movie legend Douglas Fairbanks, the couple came to an agreement — they would sleep in separate beds and take lovers, as long as she was more discreet.

Her later lovers included the man her husband had to negotiate the future of India with, the leader of Indian Independence Movement, Jawaharlal Nehru.