New developments an the case von the (in)famous Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg will. A local newspaper reports that, after the death des Prince Richard of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg that died last year, there is a family problem over the inheritance within die family.
Schloss Berleburg

To recap: in 1943, Fürst Gustav Albrecht of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg drew up a will zum his inheritance. While ns exact contents von the wollen are notfall known publicly, it is common expertise that ns will has a stipulation the his heritage needs zu marry a woman, who is a "Protestant", "aryan" und "noble". Prinz Gustav Albrecht, that was die father von the aforementioned prince Richard, walk missing bei action bei June 1944 if serving as a nazi- officer ~ above a campaign bei the Soviet Union. He was declared dead in 1969. The has long been assumed the his wollen passed end his very own son, Richard, in favour von Richard"s male heirs zu save inheritance taxes. Richard"s son Gustav was born in 1968, the year prior to Gustav Albrecht was officially declared dead. That is deshalb believed that ns will has prevented prinz Gustav from marrying his longtime partner Carina Axelsson. (More top top the matter here.)
However, the new claims in the article von local newspaper "Westfalenpost" do not make jene any fingerprint - und probably even an ext complicated. Allegedly, there is some problem within ns family around who gets zu be the head von the family and be the heir. A statement was released by the family members saying that "For die arrangement des the consequences of the death des Richard Prinz kommen sie Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg, certain passages des the will von his dad Gustav-Albrecht Prinz kommen sie Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg have to be observed. Die application von a wollen dating zurück to 1943 an the year 2017 raises challenging legal questions hinweisen various points. This legal issues are at this time being clarified and appropriate arrangements oase been made zum the time until a resolution zu sein found."
According to the local rumour mill, a cousin of prince Richard, prinz Ludwig-Ferdinand des Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg, wants zu take end (possibly parts of) Gustav"s position and inheritance. When asked über the newspaper, Ludwig-Ferdinand, that lives an nearby bad Laasphe where langjähriger Wittgenstein ist located, refuse this und said "I won"t talk about these matters, lock do notfall interest us. Say thanks to you for your understanding." Some von the rumours may oase been based upon recent reports about die wedding des Ludwig"s Ferdinand"s daughter Theodora. German illustrated tagebuch "Bunte" claimed an their short article about tonnage month"s wedding the Princess Theodora and her neu husband count Nikolaus Bethlen dach Bethlen "are assumed to move into langjähriger Berleburg". Sounds choose a last of speculation kommen sie me, especially as they do not even live in Bad Laasphe und she is a younger daughter. But anyway, die family lawyer denied that they will und that prinz Gustav will continue to live at schloss Berleburg.

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Unfortunately, die article von "Westfalenpost" doesn"t make clear what die alleged family problem actually ist about. As long as prince Gustav doesn"t marry, ich see no reason why he would be disqualified based on the will. (Why it is difficult zu repeal a will is answered an our previous post on the matt linked above.) interestingly though, prinz Ludwig-Ferdinand wouldn"t also be next in line if freundin go down ns family line.
Prince Richard"s own brother prince Robin und his descendants would be disqualified based on ns fact that they married non-nobles.
Next would be prinz Bernhart of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Hohenstein, who zu sein actually one von the executors of the will. That meets all die publicly well-known criteria des the wollen and also has a son, who zu sein yet unmarried and thus still eligible under die stipulation des the möchte (though that may change bei the future).
Going further down ns family line, die next feasible heir would certainly be prince Otto-Ludwig of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg. Both his sons, however, married non-noble women.

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Then comes die aforementioned prince Ludwig-Ferdinand, who has actually two sons. His older son likely wouldn"t qualify as a feasible heir together his wife may own/run a castle und is often explained as noble but herstellung "nobility" come through herstellung mother, a Baroness Schenk des Staufenberg. Ludwig-Ferdinand"s younger son zu sein yet unmarried.
To ring this off, two des the sons von Prince Hubertus of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg indigenous his zuerst marriage deshalb still it seems to be ~ to die eligible to inherit.
So you tun können see the there are a bunch of heirs before ns alleged heir bei the article von "Westfalenpost". It goes to nur that ns author of the short article likely didn"t oase too much knowledge about die family tree und may schutz mixed speculation through facts. While ns family"s lawyer evidenced some "dispute within the family", he did not confirm who die dispute zu sein between. He also said, "it"s not always easy to leave the end emotions and stay technical". Everything that means... Amazing to grad though that there ultimately seems kommen sie be some advances regarding die will und whether weist least some des its stipulations kann be overturned.

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By law sie usually only have one year to contest a will an Germany - it"s feasible that, due to the fact that some parts des the wollen only kommen sie into result now, a new time window weil das this has actually opened. In the meantime, all official mail of unternehmen partners have to be handle to die "Estate von Gustav Albrecht Fürst zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg", which seems to zeigen that prinz Gustav - regardless of what was generally previously assumed - has not yet inherited die Berleburg estates even though his father doesn"t it seems ~ to oase been ns actual owner von the chateaus either. Together there right now are legal issues regarding die will, ns will has notfall yet been executed und so at this time nobody technically owns ns family"s mansions that room estimated to be worth around 250 million euros.And through it all ns question stays what will happen to die Berleburg estates if Gustav dies without a straight heir. After all, that may just be possible that he draws up his own möchte giving the lands to the children von his sisters together we previously explained. A move ns wider household probably would not appreciate. Or perhaps they would like kommen sie pass over the heirless Gustav now to protect against paying inheritance taxes multiple times? after all, inheritance tax an Germany ist 30 percent and so die family would need zu cough hoch 75 million euros zum the state, a sum they most likely don"t have stashed away somewhere in the attics of their castles... I guess time wollen tell.