Princess in secret trip to play nanny

Last updated 07:33 04/12/2012
Norway's Crown Princess Mette-Marit.
Reuters
SECRET TRIP: Norway's Crown Princess Mette-Marit.

Relevant offers

World

Murder-accused claims India Chipchase placed his hands around her neck Indonesia fast-tracks execution of 14 death row prisoners to anguish of families involved Social media star was murdered by brother due to friends' taunts Palmerston North Afghan community holds candlelight vigil for Kabul 'It could happen to us tomorrow': London police chief on terror attacks Democratic National Convention: President Obama says 'nobody more qualified than Hillary Clinton to serve as president' No-reserve auction could see properties in tiny Queensland town go for $1 How the refugee crisis turned waiters into goatherds on the Greek islands Boris Johnson's cat evicted after sneaking into home of UK prime minister Japanese stabbing accused Satoshi Uematsu smiles for the cameras


Norway's Crown Princess Mette-Marit secretly travelled to India in order to care for infant twins born to the surrogate mother of a gay palace employee unable to get a travel visa, the palace has revealed.

Armed with a diplomatic passport that granted her immediate access, the future queen jumped on a plane in late October when the employee, who is also a friend, and his husband were unable to travel to care for their newborns.

"For me, this is about two babies lying alone in a New Delhi hospital," Mette-Marit said in a statement. "I was able to travel and wanted to do what I could."

She did not alert Indian authorities and spent several days with the babies at the Manav Medicare Centre, where staff assumed the wife of Norway's Crown Prince Haakon was a nanny.

While the princess was away, her name continued to appear in the official palace calendar and her absence from a parliamentary dinner was not explained.

A relative of the two fathers eventually took over from Mette-Marit and the fathers received a visa in November, when they brought the babies back to Norway, the palace added.

Surrogacy is a hotly debated issue in Norway and the government discourages Norwegians from paying surrogate parents for children.

Protestant Norway was the second country in the world in 1993 to register same sex partnerships while same sex marriage has been legal since 2009.

The Crown Princess acknowledged the debate and insisted she is not taking a side and only did what a friend had to do.

"Sometimes life presents you with situations with few good solutions. This was one of those," she said.

"There is an important debate doing on about surrogacy and this was not meant as taking a side."

Ad Feedback

- Reuters

Special offers

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content