Letizia, the Princess of Asturias, an autonomous community of the Kingdom of Spain, on Wednesday said she supports gay marriage, Chilean daily La Tercera reported.

During their first official trip to Chile, Letizia and her husband, Prince Felipe de Borbon, visited Santiago's Museum of Contemporary Art (MAC) to inaugurate an exhibit of works by Spanish photographer Chema Madoz.

The couple were accompanied by Cecilia Morel, the First Lady of Chile, who introduced the pair to Chilean writer Paul Simonetti, who also heads the gay rights group Equal Foundation.

Simonetti asked the princess, the heir apparent to the Spanish throne, her thoughts on marriage equality.

She answered that she was “very happy with a Spain that respects human rights and that considers all its citizens equal.”

Letizia's comments come less than a week after Prime Minister-elect Mariano Rajoy and his conservative Popular Party (PP) won control of Parliament in a landslide, pushing aside the Socialist government of outgoing Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero and threatening the gay marriage law approved in 2004 by Socialists.