UK is paying $800,000 to hide Mountbatten diaries, but why?
What is the cost of keeping a secret? The UK government is paying 600,000 pounds (around $800,000) for the same purpose.
The secret: Diaries of Lord Mountbatten and his wife Lady Mountbatten, and some correspondence between the two.
The UK government is trying to bury these papers, especially from the Partition years, and paying that amount in a court battle against British author Andrew Lownie, out of fear that it could damage the reputation of the British royal family, and jeopardise the relationships between UK, Pakistan and India.
Mountbatten was the great-grandson of Queen Victoria. He was a royalist and like every proud royalist, he went on to serve the Royal Navy.
He commanded the Navy during World War II and held various positions in the British Raj. He also became the last viceroy of India.
It was in Delhi in 1922 that Mountbatten met a young woman, Edwina. They then decided to get married, which allegedly had many ups and downs.
It was claimed that the two had affair with other people.
The Mountbatten couple’s marriage was no secret by the way. So, what is that the British government is trying to hide?
One of Lady Mountbatten’s close friends was Jawaharlal Nehru, India’s first prime minister.
In one of her letters to Nehru, to which WION has access, it was written, “I hate to see you driving away this morning. You left me with a strange sense of peace. Perhaps, I have brought you the same?”
“Life is a dreary business,” replied Nehru.
The Mountbatten papers are a treasure trove. There is history and reportedly a lot of scandals.