Though interestingly, Elizabeth [Cavendish] denies it. “I called her when I got home last night and interrogated her.[She says] he would never dream of being anything as straightforward as ‘simply queer’.” The Queen appears intrigued by the inference.
As a bisexual, trans man, the 17-year-old has not only had to reveal his sexuality to his loved ones, but his gender identity, too.
Growing up being treated as a girl, Rian tells that he “never exactly felt ‘feminine’.” “My mum used to try and dress me in pretty ‘girly’ dresses but all I remember is how I used to refuse and how uncomfortable I felt. You’ll grow out of this’, whatever ‘this’ is’,” is the response that Rian became used to hearing.
With her support, Rian was able to open up about how the gender he was assigned at birth didn’t match up with how he truly felt inside.
“I just asked her, ‘What do you think of the name Rian? I told her everything.” What frightened him was how his parents - who were responsible for his care - would react.
When asked once in at a party in New York about the Queen’s health, Princess Margaret is said to have replied: “Which one? ” Lord Snowdon divorced Princess Margaret in 1978 amid rumours of infidelity. The peer, who had five children by four women, died in January 2017. No members of the immediate Royal Family have ever come out as gay or bisexual.
Just last year the Queen’s cousin became the first member of her extended family to come out as gay.
He said: “I didn’t fall in love with boys — but a few men have been in love with me.” Though not covered in the series, Jeremy Fry was allegedly asked to be best man at the wedding of Princess Margaret and Lord Snowdon, but was forced to reject the role because he had a gay sex conviction.
Over the years several men have come forward to claim that they had liaisons with the Lord Snowdon.
The term describes a person who does not identify with the gender they were assigned with at birth, and therefore doesn't relate to a person's sexuality.