King Charles' Estranged Family Member Is Facing Disturbing Allegations

Trigger warning: The following article contains language regarding sexual assault and child abuse. 

The United Kingdom's royal family is no stranger to scandal. Over the last few years, the allegations against Queen Elizabeth II's son, Prince Andrew, had come to the surface. It was 2011 when the images surfaced of the now-disgraced prince alongside Ghislaine Maxwell and the young woman he had victimized, Virginia Roberts Giuffre (via Vanity Fair).

When disgraced pedophile Jeffrey Epstein and Maxwell, his accomplice, were arrested, Prince Andrew had to come to terms with the new image of himself in the press. Not only that, but he was taken to court by Giuffre on charges of sexual assault, where he would settle (via The New York Times). Although Andrew's military titles were stripped and he was an outcast during public royal events, the price he paid for his actions was rather mild.

Now, as the dust has seemed to settle on the scandal surrounding Andrew's actions, new accusations are coming to the surface against an estranged member of King Charles III's family.

The allegations against Charles' uncle are serious

Allegations are coming to the surface regarding an estranged member of the United Kingdom's royal family. According to RTE, a court in Northern Ireland is set to hear abuse allegations surrounding Lord Louis Mountbatten, one of King Charles III's uncles. Although Mountbatten was murdered in the 1970s from the bombing of his boat by the IRA, the allegations hold enough weight to be heard in court.

Arthur Smyth was a resident of the Kincora boys home, and claims that he was abused by Mountbatten while living at the residence.

"He alleges to have been abused twice as an 11 year old by the deceased royal," Kevin Winters, Smyth's solicitor, said. "It's the first time that someone has stepped forward to take allegations against Lord Mountbatten into a court."

The statement continued, "That decision hasn't been taken lightly. He understands only too well that it will be a deeply unpopular case with many people coming as it does within weeks of the passing of the queen." Winters added, "However, litigation involving mental, physical and sex abuse isn't undertaken to deliberately offend sensitivities. It's taken for many reasons including exposing perpetrators and the institutions or other agencies which helped suppress the truth."

Smyth is not the only survivor who has come forward regarding abuse from the royal family. Another former resident of the boy's home went public about the abuse but sadly took his own life, News 18 reports. These events unfolded in the 1970s.

If you or anyone you know has been a victim of sexual assault, help is available. Visit the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network website or contact RAINN's National Helpline at 1-800-656-HOPE (4673).