Mountbatten & Philip 1965 Douglas Miller Keystone

A Sinn Fein spokeswoman has given an informal apology for the Irish Republican Army’s 1979 assassination of Lord Louis Mountbatten, Prince Philip’s uncle. Mary Lou McDonald, the leader of Sinn Fein, told a London radio station, “Of course, I am sorry that happened; of course, that is heartbreaking.” Mountbatten was the last viceroy of India, who oversaw its partition with Pakistan and independence in 1948. He was the leader of Britain’s armed forces until 1965, but had no direct involvement in Ireland. Sinn Fein, the IRA’s former political arm, is now a recognized political party with about the same voting strength as the two mainstream parties but is shunned by some voters because of its historic ties to violence during the Troubles. (Douglas Miller/Keystone/Getty)

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