Lord Louis Mountbatten, the great-uncle of King Charles III, has long been associated with a historic case of institutional abuse in Britain in the 1970s. Now the allegations against the deceased nobleman are being dealt with in court for the first time, as reported by Omid Scobie, journalist for the "New York Times" on Twitter.
In his tweet, the American author shares a letter from the law firm "KRW Law". It states: "We are acting on behalf of Arthur Smyth, a survivor of historic institutional abuse in east Belfast in the 1970s." Complaints have already been sent to several state institutions on behalf of the client, including the “Belfast Health and Social Care Trust”, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Health. The accusation: negligence and breach of duty of care.
Smyth was placed at the Kincora and North Road Children's Home as a young boy. During this time, he says he was twice abused by Lord Louis Mountbatten at the age of eleven. And he's not the only one, if you believe the anonymous allegations of recent years. In this context, the law firm also cites a recent report on the incidents in Kincora. Accordingly, there were devastating omissions in the investigative work of the police.
Arthur Smyth wants justice for what happened to him as a child. And the timing of the potentially historic trial couldn't be more explosive. The lawsuits come to light just weeks after Queen Elizabeth II died. Britain has since had a new royal head: King Charles III. So far, none of the royal family has commented on the recent events.