Murder of the Queen’s cousin Lord Mountbatten, 79, who was blown up on his fishing boat by the IRA, is branded ‘karmic’ by a New York Times article, sparking outrage

  • Harvard University professor Maya Jasanoff wrote the murder of the Queen’s cousin Lord Mountbatten by the IRA near Mullaghmore in 1979 was ‘karmic’ 
  • The article was published in the New York Times hours after the Queen died 
  • The death of the Queen has dominated headlines in the US and around the world 
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The New York Times newspaper has been condemned for publishing an article hours after the Queen died, saying the murder of her cousin Lord Mountbatten by the IRA was ‘karmic’.

It also claimed that Her Majesty ‘helped obscure a bloody history of decolonisation’ during her reign.

In the favourite newspaper of America’s liberal establishment, Harvard University professor Maya Jasanoff wrote: ‘In a karmic turn, the Irish Republican Army assassinated the queen’s relative Lord Louis Mountbatten, the last viceroy of India (and the architect of Elizabeth’s marriage to his nephew, Prince Philip), in 1979.’

Harvard University professor Maya Jasanoff (pictured) wrote: ‘In a karmic turn, the Irish Republican Army assassinated the queen’s relative Lord Louis Mountbatten, the last viceroy of India (and the architect of Elizabeth’s marriage to his nephew, Prince Philip), in 1979.’

Lord Mountbatten was murdered when the IRA blew up his fishing boat as he set sail with family members off the coast of Mullaghmore, County Sligo.

Mountbatten, 79, his grandson Nicholas Knatchbull, 14, and 15-year-old deckhand Paul Maxwell were killed instantly.

Lady Doreen Brabourne, 83, the mother-in-law of Mountbatten’s eldest daughter, died the next day.

The attack devastated the Royal family, especially the then Prince Charles who considered him a ‘father figure’. Last year, Sinn Fein president Mary Lou McDonald apologised for the murders.

Lord Tebbit – who survived the IRA’s 1984 Brighton bomb attack on the Tory Party conference, which left his wife paralysed – said last night: ‘The New York Times is now well known for being a very anti-British newspaper. This is not a surprise but feels particularly egregious in the wake of the Queen’s death. It’s the sort of scum that rises to the top of dirty water.’ The article has led to a deluge of complaints, with one reader branding it ‘disgusting and shameful’, and another saying: ‘This is uncalled for on the day of the Queen’s death. Really?’

A source who works for the paper told The Mail on Sunday: ‘The New York Times has always been considered America’s paper of record but it has been taken over by the woke brigade.

Lord Mountbatten was murdered when the IRA blew up his fishing boat as he set sail with family members off the coast of Mullaghmore, County Sligo.

‘To say Mountbatten’s murder was somehow deserved is appalling and shows how out of touch they now are with public opinion.’

The Queen’s death has dominated the news in America.

CNN has seen ratings nearly double in the past few days, according to a well-placed source.

Major news networks including NBC, ABC and CBS all broke into regular programming to announce the Queen’s death and to carry King Charles’s first address.

The source said: ‘When President Biden made his last address to the nation, the networks didn’t cover it live. That goes to show how important the Queen’s death and Charles’s succession is over here.

‘All the networks have seen a leap in ratings because Americans love anything to do with the Royals, and the Queen in particular.’

Publishers including HarperCollins are rushing to publish tribute books honouring the Queen. People magazine has two special issues coming out and is planning a King Charles Coronation special edition.

A source said: ‘The Queen was universally loved and no more so than in America. There is a huge appetite for any tributes to her. People cannot get enough.’

President Biden has announced he will attend the Queen’s funeral.

The death of Queen Elizabeth II has dominated the news in America and the rest of the world 

US President Joe Biden has announced that he will travel to the UK to attend the Queen’s funeral

At Ye Old King’s Head in Santa Monica, California, a British-themed pub and gift shop, staff member Caroline Beddie said: ‘We have been deluged by people walking in off the street wanting to feel part of it, to share condolences, and talk about our Queen’s wonderful life.

‘We have a condolence book out which will be sent to Buckingham Palace after the funeral.’

Last night, Donald Trump paid tribute to the Queen on MailOnline, writing: ‘Spending time with Her Majesty was one of the most extraordinary honours of my life.

‘I grew up in a household where Queen Elizabeth – her grace, her charm, her nobility – were deeply admired, especially by my mother, who came from Scotland. In the face of all adversity, she embodied the uniquely British attribute of a firm and quiet resolve. She was Great Britain at its very best.’

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