August 8, 1935: Princess Caroline of Schoenaich-Carolath -- Carmo to her family -- has apparently fallen in love with her mother's former private secretary, Georg Martin Wunderlich, 31. Caroline's mother, Hermine, who is the second wife of Kaiser Wilhelm II, apparently had given permission for a marriage in 1934, but has since changed her mind. Hermine was convinced that the Nazis would be impressed with Caroline marrying a commoner, according to a news account in the Chicago Daily News. But when it became apparent that Nazi officials would not approve of such a marriage, Hermine returned to her "old traditional anti-commoner attitude."
Princess Caroline was devastated by this change in her mother's attitude. She was in love with Wunderlich -- the son of a German baroness - and she wanted to marry him. She ran away from Doorn in the Netherlands (where the former Kaiser and Kaiserin reside) and fled to Berlin. Hermine went after her, and "took up residence" in a palace on the Unter den Linden. She ordered Caroline to "report to her." The young princess, obviously distressed, was crestfallen. She was "seen walking through a park for hours, accompanied only by her small black Scottie, Odo, just like any other girl with a blighted romance."
Once Caroline was back in her mother's clutches, she was taken to the family Schloss Saabor in Silesia, largely under lock and key. Georg Wunderlich had remained in Frankfurt, as he looked for a job. "Radical Nazis" distrusted the aristocracy, which made Wunderlich's employment search more difficult. But the young man was ready for "a showdown" with Hermine as he made plans to travel to Saabor. The young couple plan to turn to Crown Prince Wilhelm of Prussia (the Kaiser's eldest son), currently in Switzerland, if Wunderlich is unable to change Hermine's mind. Caroline and Georg believe that Wilhelm "has a real understanding for youth and modern times."
Will love triumph for this young couple? Stay tuned.