To truly work this out we’d need to find an expert on the Almanach de Gotha.
A German prince with suspected business links to Britain has been arrested in connection with an extremist plot to overthrow the country’s democratic Republic and install him as King.
Ah, but is he actually a German Prince?
Sure, he’s German, he’s also a Prince. But a German Prince?
The Princedom – or whatever it’s called – comes from little bit of what is now Thuringia. And in the German nobility there are varied gradations, things that were recognised as Prince in the Holy Roman Empire, or perhaps in the German Empire, or maybe just what the locals called the lad and so on. Entirely possible to be Prince of some tiny bit of France and yet be Dutch (P of Orange for example, Orange being a bit near Avignon).
And so on and so on. So, while he’s a Prince and a German is he actually a German Prince? At one level, as the German state doesn’t recognise such titles any more (I think) therefore he’s not. But ready your pinheads gentlemen, what is the correct answer here?