January 13, 1941
The Justice Department today said that immigration officers have served a deportation order on Princess Stephanie of Hohenlohe-Waldenburg-Schillingsfürst, in Palo Alto, California. The princess had arrived in the USA in 1939, and received on extension to her visa. A second extension was denied, and she was to have left the country last Saturday. But on January 6, the princess notified immigration officials that she was unable to travel due to "a nervous condition."
Two public health officials visited the princess and certified that she was suffering from "hysteria," and was "too ill to travel." However, according to the Justice Department's own report, the princess' physician told immigration officials that the princess had been taking sedatives, which had not been prescribed, and which were the cause of her mental and physical condition. He said there was no need for her take the pills, which appear to have been illegally obtained.
The Princess is scheduled to be arraigned on Friday. Bail has been set at $25,000.
Princess Stephanie has been described as a Nazi sympathizer, although she denies these reports. In a statement from her home, where she remains in seclusion, the Princess said: "I am anti-Nazi, Pro-British and Pro-American. London is my home and England is my country." Her lawyer, Stephen Bullock, tells the Los Angeles Times that his client "is not now and was never connected with the Nazi Government."