GREAT BRITAIN: Flirting with Blackmail

A quick curtain was rung down in London last week on the opera bouffe lawsuit of Her Serene Highness Princess Stephanie Hohenlohe-Waldenburg-Schillingsfurst v. Viscount Rothermere (TIME, Nov. 20).

To the Princess' claim that he promised to pay her $20,000 a year for the rest of her life, Lord Rothermere, who controls the London Daily Mail, boomed "Preposterous!" He admitted paying her $250,000 in six years to handle his relations with Adolf Hitler and other European bigwigs, naively explaining: "I expected her to live like a queen." But when asked if she was his ambassador, prognathous Rothermere replied with heavy humor:...

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