Transparency Concerns: Destruction of Lord Mountbatten’s Files and Limited Access to Royal Archives

Transparency Concerns: Destruction of Lord Mountbatten’s Files and Limited Access to Royal Archives

...By Muyiwa Aderinto for TDPel Media.

US Authorities Destroyed Dossiers on Lord Mountbatten at British Government’s Request, Biographer Claims

 Discovery of Wartime FBI File Accusing Lord Mountbatten of Pedophilia


According to Andrew Lownie, a biographer, US authorities destroyed FBI dossiers on Lord Mountbatten at the request of the British Government.

This request followed the discovery of a wartime file that accused the royal of being a pedophile with a “homosexual with a lusting for young boys” inclination. Lownie had previously uncovered this file in 2019.

Destruction of Files and Difficulty in Accessing Royal Archives

Lownie requested additional files on Mountbatten from the FBI, but was informed that they had been destroyed after his request.

He believes this destruction was carried out at the request of the British Government. Lownie also highlighted the challenges faced by biographers in accessing royal archives in the UK.

He mentioned that files on King Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson were mysteriously withdrawn from public view, making it difficult for researchers to access valuable historical information.


The Allegations Against Lord Mountbatten

The FBI file on Lord Mountbatten, compiled in 1944, claimed that his alleged involvement with young men made him unsuitable for military operations.

The file included statements from a witness who considered him and his wife to have extremely low morals.

The witness specifically mentioned that Mountbatten had a perversion for young boys.

These allegations have added to the controversy surrounding Mountbatten’s personal life.

Limitations Faced by Biographers and Closed Archives

Lownie expressed frustration with the limited access that biographers have to official records, forcing them to rely on newspaper cuttings and anonymous sources.

He also noted that even records from the Victorian era, held at the Royal Archives and the Foreign Office Archives, remain closed to researchers.


Lownie argued that the closure of such archives hampers historical research and leaves many unanswered questions.


The revelations brought forth by Andrew Lownie regarding the destruction of FBI dossiers on Lord Mountbatten and the difficulties faced by biographers shed light on the challenges in accessing historical information related to the royal family.

The destruction of files and the closure of archives raise concerns about transparency and the ability to uncover the full historical narrative.

These issues have implications for our understanding of the past and the ability to conduct thorough and accurate research.

Earl Mountbatten, who was assassinated by the IRA in 1979, served as head of the Royal Navy and had been Viceroy of India when the country became independent from Britain in 1947. Above: Earl Mountbatten of Burma and his wife Edwina
The then Prince Charles with the Earl Mountbatten at Smith's Lawn in Windsor in the 1970s
It is crucial for governments and institutions to ensure open access to historical records while balancing the need for privacy and security.


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