It is a surprise and a great joy: Carina and Prince Gustav zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg have become parents of a little prince in their mid-50s.
Update from May 31, 12:30 p.m.: Carina and Gustav zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg become late parents thanks to a surrogate mother. The Danish royal family announced via its official Instagram account: "On Friday, May 26, 2023, Their Royal Highnesses Prince Gustav zu-Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg and Princess Carina zu-Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg became parents of a son". "The newborn prince was born in the United States with the help of a surrogate mother. Both Prince Gustav and Princess Carina were present at the birth." In addition, a photo of the couple was published. The happy parents have not yet announced the name of the little prince.
First reported on April 20, 11:28 a.m.: Bad Berleburg – It is a small sensation that a married couple can still become parents at the age of 54. After all, not everyone is lucky enough to have children naturally. Princess Carina and Prince Gustav zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg are now spared the sad fate. They have found a surrogate mother to give birth to their child.
Late childhood happiness for Carina and Gustav zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg
"A spokeswoman for Princess Carina and Prince Gustav zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg confirms that Princess Carina and Prince Gustav zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg are expecting a child in early summer," writes the Danish newspaper Billed Bladet, citing a press release from the castle. The baby is carried by a surrogate mother. "Princess Carina and Prince Gustav are very happy and grateful for this opportunity and thank everyone involved who helped to find a legally valid path," the press release continues.
Despite all the joy, the decision also raises some questions. In Germany, surrogacy is prohibited. However, in countries such as Ukraine, the USA and India, it is allowed to have a baby carried by a foreign woman. A distinction is also made between gratuitous surrogacy (possible in Belgium and the Netherlands) and commercial surrogacy, which is allowed in Ukraine. However, the noble couple kept a low profile about this. The spokeswoman did not initially provide any further information "in the interest and protection of the child".
Relationship to Queen Margrethe II of Denmark (83)
The 54-year-old Gustav zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg is the eldest of three children and the only son of Richard zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg (82, † 2017) and his widow Benedikte zu Dänemark (78), one of the two sisters of Queen Margrethe (83) of Denmark, who is thus the aunt of Gustav.
The civil and church weddings took place on 3 and 4 June 2022 at Berleburg Castle. Among the few guests were the Danish heir to the throne Princess Mary (51) and Prince Frederik (54).
Love has existed for 20 years, the wedding took place only a year ago
Although Carina and Gustav have been in a relationship since 2003, they were only allowed to get married last year in June. The sinister will of Gustav's grandfather from 1939 assumed an "Aryan, noble and Protestant" wife for the heir to Berleburg Castle and the associated lands. The American author Carina Axelsson did not meet the "requirements" with her Swedish-Mexican roots. With a lot of support from his family, Gustav was able to assert his claim to his inheritance after a long legal battle. The way was clear for the wedding with Carina.
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After last year's wedding, Berleburg Castle will soon be illuminated by children's laughter: Carina and Gustav von Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg have announced their offspring. © PPE/Imago
The child will also be financially well off with the great love of his parents. In an inheritance dispute over the princely inheritance, which went down in German legal history, Gustav decided his grandfather's inheritance, which is said to consist of 13,000 hectares of forest, Berleburg Castle and various properties with a total value of around 500 million euros, for himself at the age of 51. The Bad Berleburg District Court issued him with the certificate of inheritance on 30 October 2020. And Aunt Margrethe in Copenhagen should also like the baby news, she celebrated her 83rd birthday at Amalienborg Palace just a few days ago. Sources used:dpa