Ending to fairytale costs prince £50m
A GERMAN prince has lost his £50m inheritance for love. Prince Karl Emich zu Leiningen defied his father's wishes by marrying Gabriele Thyssen,...
A GERMAN prince has lost his £50m inheritance for love.
Prince Karl Emich zu Leiningen defied his father's wishes by marrying Gabriele Thyssen, a commoner.
As a result his father, Prince Emich Kyrill, with only weeks to live, disinherited his eldest son in favour of Prince Karl Emich's brother, Andreas.
Prince Karl Emich (47) stood to gain a family fortune that included a palace and estates on three continents had he married a woman of equal social standing. The German constitutional court has ruled that it is legal to attach preconditions to an inheritance even if that precondition obligatory marriage to a woman of equal social standing seems to fly in the face on modern ideas of freedom. Gabriele Thyssen was the prince's second wife. The constitutional court ruling means that this will is still valid even though Gabriele has since divorced Karl Emich and married the Karim Aga Khan.
(The Times, London)