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Heartwarming story: The real-life princess who played nanny for her gay palace employee

OSLO, Norway -- The crown princess of Norway apparently has a heart of gold.

Crown Princess Mette-Marit agreed to play nanny to care for infant twins born in India to the surrogate mother of a gay palace employee and his husband, Reuters reports.

The royal one who will become queen flew to India in late October, using her diplomatic passport that granted her access to the babies. She did this after the gay parents were unable to acquire travel visas to India in time for the birth of their twins.

"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."

The crown princess did not alert hospital staff that she was royalty, and was presumed to be the nanny assigned to the newborns, Reuters reports.

The fathers eventually obtained travel visas to India, where they signed all the legal papers and brought the babies back to Norway in November.

Norway remains one of the world's most progressive nations, where same-sex marriage has been legal since 2009 and same-sex partnerships have been registered since 1993.

However, Reuters reports, surrogacy is a heated topic in Norway and the government frowns on citizens who pay for the service.