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 The Lady Iris Mountbatten 

 

Lady Iris Mountbatten

 

Michael Bryan - Iris' second husband

On 5th May 1957 in Pound Ridge, New York, USA, Iris married - Michael Neely Bryan (1916-1972), the son of James Bryan and Laura Neely.  He was a jazz guitarist who performed in many famous jazz bands including those of Benny Goodman (1909-1986) and Artie Shaw (1910-2004), but divorced after only a few months.  Iris and Michael had one child (who was her only child) -

 

  • Robin Alexander Bryan, born on 20th December 1957 at Mount Sinai Hospital, New York, USA (see right).  

On 11th December 1965, Iris married for a third time in Toronto, Ontario, Canada - William 'Bill' Kemp (1921-1991), a radio actor/announcer, who was an alcoholic which caused his promising career to end abruptly.  Kemp had starred and written for Canadian comedy duo 'Wayne & Shuster' - Johnny Wayne (1918-1990) and Frank Shuster (1916-2002).  He also appeared in the 1976 crime drama film 'Breaking Point' and the 1988 comedy film 'Once Upon A Giant'.  Sadly the marriage only lasted several weeks, and although separated - Iris and Kemp never divorced and legally remained married until her death.

Robin Alexander Bryan

(b.1957) 

 

Robin was born on 20 December 1957, at Mount Sinai Hospital, New York, USA, the son of The Lady Iris Mountbatten (1920-1982) by her second husband - Michael Bryan (1916-1972).  

Robin has fathered 3 children - 

  • Edward Curtis Houle (b.1979) by Louise Houle in Toronto, Ontario, Canada 

  • Faith Bryan (b.1979) - by Arizona ..........   in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

  • Elijah Alexander Bryan (b.1995) - by Pamela Jean Foster, at Scarborough Grace Hospital, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Robin is very much a private person but is in the line of succession to the British Throne, although his illegitimate children are not.  Robin currently resides in Toronto, Canada where he works as a municipal gardener.

 

Iris, shortly before her death

 

Iris remained in Toronto for the rest of her life, but she did attend the ceremonial funeral of Mountbatten in 1979 at the invitation of her cousin - Queen Elizabeth II (1926(1952-    ).  She died, aged 62yrs - after a long illness on 1st September 1982 at Wellesley Hospital, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, having previously had cancer treatment at The Princess Margaret Hospital also in Toronto.  A funeral service was subsequently held at St Paul's Anglican Church.  

 

Iris' ashes were interred in the Battenberg Chapel at St Mildred’s Church, Whippingham on the Isle of Wight. She was finally reunited with her Battenberg/Mountbatten family in death.  

 

Lady Iris Mountbatten's urn at St Mildred's Church,

Whippingham, on the Isle of Wight