But they were no ordinary couple aroused by the passions of India.He was Jawaharlal Nehru, India’s first prime minister.It concerns one of the leading hostesses in the country – a woman highly connected and immensely rich.Her association with a black man became so marked that they were the talk of the west End.This tendency, often the subject of feverish gossip and whispered scandal, would take her to the libel courts in the early Thirties.A newspaper alleged “a scandal which has shaken society to the very depths.Lady Mountbatten, who was politically astute and no mere social ornament, lobbied strongly for her lover Nehru’s causes and would communicate her feelings back to her influential friends in London.
The hearing was held in secret and both Mountbattens went into the witness box.
However at the outbreak of the second world war Lady Mountbatten’s attitude changed noticeably and she acquired a fresh purpose in life and devoted her considerable intelligence and energy to wartime service.
But it was a well established fact among those in high society that Lady Mountbatten enjoyed several affairs.
she was Lady Edwina Mountbatten, wife of the country’s last viceroy Lord Louis Mountbatten and the man who had guided turbulent India to independence.
Rumours of their affair were soon being whispered among the remaining members of the stiff, tradition- bound British Raj as well as the high caste Indian establishment.