A Hawai’ian princess has had her medals given to her by the late King George Tupou V of Tonga stolen from her home on May 1.
A man reportedly entered the Nuuanu home and stole the medals along with a designer dog carrier, Hawai’i News Now has reported.
91-year-old Native Hawaiian multimillionaire heiress Princess Abigail Kawananakoa who married her longtime partner Veronica Gail Worth in 2017 was reportedly at her home with her wife when the robber struck at 6am.
“The man also broke a vase. Worth said the medals were a gift from the late King George Tupou V of Tonga. The dog carrier was a Louis Vuitton purchased for Worth’s Chihuahua years ago,” the News said.
Worth reportedly said security cameras captured several images of the suspect, who may be known to police.
The incident came amid a probate court battle over control of Princess Abigail’s Trust, which is worth $215 million.
“While Kawananakoa has no official status or duties, she has long been a financial supporter of the Iolani Palace, America’s only royal residence and a popular Hawaiian tourist destination, as well as other Native Hawaiian causes,” Associated Press reported.
Kawananakoa’s former lawyer, James Wright, is arguing that the heiress is impaired and unable to make decisions about the distribution of her assets.
“In July of 2016, Wright filed a petition asking to be named successor trustee to all of her trust assets, stating that Kawananakoa is “impaired as a result of an acute stroke” in court documents.”
“The petition also suggested that Veronica Gail Worth, Kawananakoa’s then-girlfriend, now wife was abusing her.
“A judge granted the petition, and now Kawananakoa is fighting it.”
She is the last princess of the United States, according to Hawai’i news media.