IMPOSTER: "The Lady Grace/Grania Mountbatten"

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FAKE - Imposter
FAKE - Imposter




For some time a person calling herself "Lady Grania Mountbatten" (more recently she is using the name of "Lady Grace Mountbatten") - has been sadly abusing the good name of Mountbatten online using various social media sites etc. and falsely claims to be the daughter of The Lady Iris Mountbatten (1920-1982), the only child of Sir Alexander Mountbatten, 1st Marquess of Carisbrooke - formerly Prince Alexander of Battenberg (1886-1960), by her first husband Captain (later Major) Hamilton Joseph Keyes O'Malley (1910-1989).  As a result she falsely claims to be a great-great-granddaughter of Queen Victoria (1819(1837-1901).




On her website she claimed that her name is Lady Grania Mountbatten but she is now using the name Lady Grace Mountbatten, with information that her full name is Grania Mary Mountbatten, being born on 31st July 1946 in Cannes, France.  If she was the lawful child of The Lady Iris Mountbatten and Major O’Malley (who were married on 15th February 1941 and divorced on 24th September 1946), I have the following observations - 

  • I do not believe that any couple in 1946 in the UK would go through a divorce just 2 months after the birth of such a child - bearing in mind it takes at least 6 weeks for a decree absolute to be issued after a decree nisi.  In the divorce petition, it states that O’Malley had 'deserted' Lady Iris for a period of at least 3 years prior to the divorce - so as she claims that she was born on 31st July 1946, therefore simple biological facts and the dates of the divorce do not match up with her fanciful claims.  The marriage was an unhappy one and divorce was still then frowned upon, especially in aristocratic society.  In 1981 in an interview with the Toronto Star newspaper (shortly before her death), she spoke of her"nightmare" first marriage and how she was divorced by O'Malley - "I couldn't get an annulment without telling things I still refuse to tell.  I could never tell a divorce court the horrible, ugly things that happened, but my husband finally agreed to divorce me.  If I had divorced him, it would have been okay.  But for him to divorce me - that was really scandalous."

  • On her many websites and social media pages, she has posted numerous letters and documents from various official sources as supposed proof of her claim to be the daughter of Lady Iris, but all they do is confirm that Lady Iris and O'Malley were married, NOT that she is their child.  However, there is NO PHOTOGRAPH or in the public domain of her with her alleged mother.  Even in 1946, there would be the usual photographs at the time of her birth with her parents, especially as a legitimate child of their marriage would ultimately be in the line of succession to The Throne and such a birth would have been reported in newspapers etc.  In addition, she is not able to provide a birth certificate confirming that her parents are Lady Iris and O'Malley - why is that?  

  • She was in fact born in 1950 and IS the daughter of O'Malley by Eleanor Mary 'Sadie' de Pentheny O'Kelly (1922-2001), his second wife.  They were married on 25th January 1947 (and divorced in 1970). Please click HERE (via Marlene Eilers Koenig's excellent Royal Musings website) to see her real birth certificate, so why does she still feel the need to lie despite the evidence to the contrary?  Her own nieces, nephews, and cousins have come forward to prove that Miss O'Malley is the daughter of  O'Malley and Eleanor de Pentheny O'Kelly.

  • Any such child of this lawful marriage would have the surname O’Malley and not her alleged mother’s maiden name of Mountbatten, therefore by what right does she (AND her own children) now use the surname of Mountbatten?  No Royal Licence has been issued allowing her permission to use the name. Clearly Mountbatten cannot be her name at birth and this is her 'chosen name', so therefore - why do her children not bear their own father’s surname?  No mention is ever made of her children's father oddly. Why?  What does she have to hide?

  • Any child of Major O’Malley would not have a title.  Any child of a daughter of Marquess would not have a title either - as their status would be defined by their father's status, so why does this person call herself Lady?  The courtesy title of 'Lady [forename surname]' applies ONLY to the daughter of a Duke, Marquess and an Earl - she is neither.  Who are her parents then, if she is a genuine "Lady"?

  • She also refers to herself as Lady Mountbatten (in lieu of Princess of Battenberg) - the ONLY person who is currently able to call herself Lady Mountbatten is Penelope, The Countess Mountbatten of Burma (wife of Norton, 3rd Earl Mountbatten of Burma).  Prior to this - Patricia, 2nd Countess Mountbatten of Burma (1924-2017) and Edwina (Mountbatten's wife) were the only other people entitled to call themselves Lady Mountbatten.  The title of Princess of Battenberg was granted to the morganatic wife of Prince Alexander of Hesse & By the Rhine  (1823-1888), this title is now extinct and was relinquished fully by the family on 14th July 1917 at the request of King George V (1865(1910-1936).  I have no idea what she means by '"in lieu of Princess of Battenberg" - all the hallmarks of ramblings which make no sense!

She claims that she is The Present Head of the Royal House/Family of Mountbatten of Carisbrooke descendant and great-great-granddaughter of Queen Victoria of Great Britain and also granddaughter of Alexander Mountbatten, 1st Marquess of Carisbrooke.  How is it at all possible that she is 'Head of the family'?

  • The Head of the Mountbatten Family is without any doubt George Ivar Louis Mountbatten, 4th Marquess of Milford Haven (b.1961), the senior male descendant of The Princess of Battenberg (1825-1895) through her eldest son - Prince Louis of Battenberg (1854-1921), who was created in 1917 Marquess of Milford Haven, Earl of Medina & Viscount Alderney.  The current Marquess succeeded to the title in 1970, and this information is recorded (and easily checkable) by all the internationally recognised and respected sources of genealogical records such as eg: 'Burke's Peerage'.  How can she contradict this? 

  • How could a descendant through a younger son (Prince Henry of Battenberg) of The Princess of Battenberg, and subsequently through the female line (The Lady Iris Mountbatten - who she claims is her mother) be considered as “head of the family” when clearly there are senior members of the Mountbatten family living?  Any student of genealogy can confirm that such a statement is incorrect and that clearly she is NOT and could never be the Head of the Mountbatten Family.  

The Princess of Battenberg -  Mountbatten's paternal grandmother ​


The Princess of Battenberg - 

Mountbatten's paternal grandmother

George, 4th Marquess of Milford Haven The Head of the Mountbatten Family ​


George, 4th Marquess of Milford Haven

The Head of the Mountbatten Family