Andreas Tümmler, 67, claims to be the great-grandson of King Albert of Saxony (1828-1902), and he says he is happy about it.
He was one of the guests at the Requiem Mass held earlier today in Dresden for the late Margrave of Meissen. He was invited to the service by Klaus von Przyklenk, who is described as the master of ceremony for Prince Albert of Saxony. Mr. von Przyklenk asked Andreas to carry one of the ceremonial flags during the service.
In an interview with a local television station, von Prezyklenk, described as a nobility expert, stated that Prince Albert is now the head of the family, despite Albert's signature on a notarized document that recognized Prince Alexander as the Margrave of Meissen's heir.
Several days ago, Tümmler, a cultural studies graduate, said he wants to be recognized as a member of the Wettin family. It's the old King gets maid pregnant story.
Tümmler claims that his great-grandmother, Berthe Auguste (1855-1905), maid, got pregnant and the father was King Albert of Saxony. In 1875, Berthe gave birth to a son, Gustav Adolf.
Apparently, the King found a compliant husband, Dobelner factory owner Robert Tümmler (1856-1917). Tümmler owned a furniture fittings factory that employed more than 1000 men.
Andreas' Oma Charlotte told him the family history on her deathbed in 1953.
Since 1991, Andreas has been fighting for official recognition from the former ruling family. He claims that the late Margrave of Meissen would not agree to a DNA test. It also appears that Prince Albert, the late Margrave's younger brother, and his morganatic wife, Elmira, also were skeptical about his claim. Princess Elmira called his claim evil.
"I hope my royal lineage is finally being recognized. I can official belong to the Wettin claim."
He knows what he wants to do: "I'll take care of the culture and gun clubs. This has been very neglected by my family."
[King Albert of Saxony was the eldest son of King Johann of Saxony and Princess Amalie Auguste of Bavaria. In June 1853, he married Princess Carola of Vasa, daughter of Prince Gustav of Vasa. Their marriage was childless. Carola was the granddaughter of King Gustav VI Adolf of Sweden, the second to last king in the House of Holstein-Gottorp. Would Berthe name her son after the father and grandfather of King Albert's wife?]