Norway's Crown Princess Mette-Marit, 39, had secretly travelled to New Delhi in order to care for infant twins born to the surrogate mother of a gay palace employee. The place staffer was unable to travel because of visa delays.
Surrogacy is illegal in Norway and the Norwegian authorities routinely advise Norwegians against entering into agreements with surrogate mothers in foreign countries. This being the case, it is surprising that the future queen of the country jumped on a plane in late October and played nanny to the twins of the employee, who is also a friend, and his husband. Norway was the second country in the world in 1993 to register same sex partnerships while same sex marriage has been legal since 2009.
Palace officials claimed that the Princess' trip does not mean she "has taken a position on the surrogacy debate." Mette-Marit herself acknowledged on the royals' website about the debate in Norway.
"Sometimes life presents you with situations with few good solutions. This was one of those," she said. "There is an important debate going on about surrogacy and this was not meant as taking a side."
"For me, this is about two babies lying alone in a New Delhi hospital," Mette-Marit said. "I was able to travel and wanted to do what I could."
We understand the stand taken by the princess. However, will she help the children of the Indian couple left in Hyderabad with reports claiming that both the kids are anxious and asking for their parents (held in Norway) everyday.