It’s come to light that Norway’s Princess Mette-Marit secretly travelled to India to care for the surrogate children of a gay palace employee who could not travel himself.
Mette-Marit (39) took the extraordinary secret trip in October without notifying the media or the Indian authorities.
The male employee and his partner had arranged for an Indian woman to carry their surrogate children, but when the twins were born he could not obtain a travel visa in time.
The princess immediately flew to India to care for the babies for three days. There, staff believed she was simply a nanny.
The palace did not announce her absence and continued to include her in the calendar of official events while she was away without explaining her absence at these functions.
Mette-Marit only returned home when a relative of one of the fathers was able to fly to India. In November the parents travelled to collect their children and returned with them to Norway.
“For me, this is about two babies lying alone in a New Delhi hospital,” Mette-Marit said in a statement when the trip was discovered. “I was able to travel and wanted to do what I could.”
She added that her actions did not reflect her position on the issue of surrogacy, which is illegal in Norway.
“Sometimes life presents you with situations with few good solutions. This was one of those. There is an important debate going on about surrogacy and this was not meant as taking a side,” she said.
Mette-Marit became Princess of Norway in 2001 after she married Crown Prince Haakon. She already had a child at the time from a previous relationship and the royal couple went on to have two children.