Calls from the palace to leave the Princess in peace as she adjusts to life without her erstwhile fiancé fell on deaf ears as Scandinavian news teams were joined at Newark Airport by international paparazzi photographers.
But the Princess succeeded in leaving the airport undetected by reporters and photographers after the well-documented turbulence in her relationship with Jonas Bergström culminated in Saturday's announcement that the couple had chosen to go their separate ways.
Having spent extended periods of her adult life in the city, the Princess can expect assistance from her New York-based friends in shielding her from the intense media glare.
Swedish tabloids Expressen and Aftonbladet, and their Norwegian counterparts Dagbladet and Verdens Gang, had three teams of reporters each at the airport, reports TT, which was also on site at Newark. Photographers from the Associated Press, celebrity image agency Splash and French agency Sipa also attempted to secure snaps of the unfolding royal drama.
"You can just imagine what it's going to look like outside the Childhood Foundation on Monday," one photographer told TT.
Princess Madeleine's engagement book keeps her in the United States until May 9th, with a lengthy spell at the World Childhood Foundation, an organization founded by her mother Queen Silvia, to be followed by a shorter visit to 'Sweden Week' in Seattle from May 6th.