One can perhaps understand Empress Hermine's concern for her daughter, Carmo's marriage possibilities. Hermine was, of course, one of five daughters of Heinrich XXII, Prince of Reuss-Greiz and his wife, Princess Ida of Schaumburg-Lippe. She also had one brother, Heinrich XXIV, who had died, insane, in 1927, and was the last of the Greiz line. Hermine's first marriage to a Prince of Schoeniach-Carolath, a minor Silesian noble house was hardly a grand match. She scored a coup, however, when she became the second wife of Kaiser Wilhelm II. Even though, the marriage took place after the Kaiser had gone into exile, Hermine's children by her first marriage would, perhaps, have better chances of marrying well.
This seemed the case when Princess Caroline's engagement to Heinrich XLV, Prince of Reuss zu Schleiz on May 22, 1931.
The 36-year-old Prince Heinrich had served as a First Lieutenant in the German army until the "new regime had forced him to seek other employment." He was currently living at his family's castle, writing plays.
The marriage between Carmo and Heinrich did not take place. Prince Heinrich never married. He was reported missing in 1945, and declared dead in 1962.