Lord Mountbatten has been accused of sexually abusing an 11-year-old boy at a children’s home in Northern Ireland.
The is the first case against the great uncle of King Charles and comes 43 years after his death.
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Mountbatten, who was was seen as a father figure and mentor to the young Charles, was “a homosexual with a perversion for young boys” according to FBI files
It was also Mountbatten who introduced the prolific pedophile Jimmy Saville into royal circles in 1966.
Legal proceedings have now been initiated alleging that Lord Mountbatten abused the child at a notorious Belfast children’s home in the 1970s.
Now, for the first time, the High Court in Belfast is set to hear allegations that he abused a boy at the children’s home – which has faced widespread allegations of abuse.
Five years ago a public inquiry found at least 39 boys had been abused at Kincora – four decades after three members of staff were jailed for abusing 11 victims there. The inquiry criticised the authorities for failing to act and the Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland last year slammed the Royal Ulster Constabulary for its poor response to complaints at the time.
Despite claims security agencies actively aided the abuse, no evidence to support those allegations has been accepted. Mr Smyth, now 56, claims he was first abused by staff member William McGrath – who came to be known as ‘the beast of Kincora’ – shortly after arriving at the home.
He claims that Mr McGrath introduced him to an ‘upmarket’ stranger in August 1977 who preyed on him twice.
Mr Smyth told the Sunday Life: ‘McGrath would say, “You are going to meet a special friend”. And I went, “Oh really?” And that’s when he took me into that room – downstairs there was a big office, with a big desk and there was a shower.
‘[The stranger’s] name was never mentioned in the room. He made me have a shower and then McGrath would come down and get me afterwards.’
He claims he realised who his abuser was only in 1979 due to publicity over Lord Mountbatten’s murder.
Mr Smyth, who now lives in Australia, added: ‘You don’t forget who abused you. Trust me. You block it out but you don’t forget. I shut it down for years. I felt embarrassed by what had happened but now I want peace.’
The civil legal action against Lord Mountbatten is also against a number of Northern Irish institutions including the Department of Health and the chief constable of the Police Service of Northern Ireland.
Kevin Winters, Mr Smyth’s lawyer, said: ‘[This is] the first time that someone has stepped forward to take allegations against Lord Mountbatten into a court.
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