When the princess fell in love with Prince Ernst of Saxe-Meiningen (1859-1941), son of Duke George II of Saxony-Meiningen, she was sent to England in 1875 for relatives. Through her maternal grandmother, she was a grandniece of British Queen Victoria (1819-1901).
William of Prussia, the later Emperor Wilhelm II., She met in 1868 in the Thuringian castle Reinhardsbrunn know. The acquaintance was renewed by the friendly parents in the summer of 1878 in Potsdam. The engagement on February 14, 1880 in Gotha (immediately after the death of her father) was in keeping with the family policy of the Prussian crown prince couple, in contrast to the Prussian court society and initially also Kaiser Wilhelm I. These felt the choice of the prince as inappropriate since the Family of the princess was considered not equal (by a bourgeois great-grandmother and a grandmother, who was only a countess). In addition, there was concern about Prussia's political involvement in the annexation of the duchies in 1866, as Duke Frederick VIII maintained his claims. The engagement was officially announced for this reason only on 2 June 1880.