Princess Soltykoff was the pseudonym of Margaret Prebble, a conwoman who operated in the early 1900s. She used grand but fake addresses such as Haydock Lodge (a lunatic asylum), Arundel Square (where she had been a nurse) and Brighton’s Metropole Hotel.
Described as “enchantingly beautiful” she impersonated Lady Muriel Paget in an attempt to defraud shopkeepers and also pretended to be a cousin of the Marquess of Anglesey. She claimed to have married the Russian prince, Alexis Soltykoff, though this could not be substantiated.
(image scanned from Prince Soltykoff’s book of Indian Travels)
When not conning rich folk out of their money, she supported herself by working as a nurse. Here is an excerpt from the British Journal of Nursing 1906 as they reported on their wayward sister
“The police regard her as an adventuress and a liar. The police stated that she has had four or five situations as a nurse since her last incarceration. We wonder who employed her?
Her present husband had done his best for his wife but she seemed beyond control, breaking out when under the influence of drugs and drink.
Let us hope before the expiration of the very lenient sentence of 18 months hard labour, the State Registration of Trained Nurses will be in force and Mrs Prebble will find herself outside the pale of the Register.