File this under “badass royal LGBT allies.” When a friend and palace employee of Norway’s Crown Princess Mette-Marit was unable to immediately obtain a visa to visit infant twins born to a surrogate mother in India, she jumped in to help.
The visa problems prevented the children's Norwegian parents - a same-sex couple - from arriving at the hospital in time for the birth.
Knowing her diplomatic passport would grant her entry into the country, she boarded a plane to India, traveled immediately to the hospital, and spent the next several days caring for the infants until a relative could arrive.
She did not alert Indian authorities in advance, and staff at the hospital assumed the future Queen of Norway was just a nanny.
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Yahoo News reports that surrogacy is a controversial issue in Norway, and that the government officially discourages parents from entering into paid surrogacy arrangements.
Crown Princess Mette-Marit insisted that she did not intend to take sides in a hot-button debate, but rather, simply did what any good friend would have done.
“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.”