Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Jessica talks about her little count

Indonesian actress Jessica Iskandar is apparently back in Jakarta as she recently spoke to a reporter there, waxing lyrical about her newborn son. (German magazine Bunte reported the baby was girl, but it seems that the new bride of Hereditary Count Ludwig zu Waldburg von Wolfegg  und Waldsee did indeed give birth to a son.)

She says she's happy, and she doesn't get to sleep through the night because the baby wakes up and wants to have his diaper changed.

The baby's name has not been officially announced but there are rumors that he has been named Barack Alexander.

I have been quoted in several Indonesian news articles, which have cited my original Royal Musings post. 



The couple are legally married, according to Indonesian and German law.   Religious weddings are not legal in Germany but  Germany does recognize religious weddings that take place in countries where religious weddings are registered as legal weddings.  (This is the case in the United States, for example.)   Jessica and Ludwig's wedding was officially registered in Jakarta.

Unless Count Ludwig, a Roman Catholic, sought a dispensation to marry, his marriage in a Protestant church would not be recognized as an official wedding in the eyes of the Roman Catholic Church.

Incidentally, if Jessica did give birth in California, as reported,  anyone can obtain an informational copy of the baby's birth certificate. 

It is also not publicly known if the Prince of Waldburg von Wolfegg und Waldsee has approved his son's marriage.

The present Prince of Stolberg-Wernigerode (Philip) succeeded his father as head of the house as his two older brothers ceased to be dynasts because of their marriages to commoners.

The eldest son of of the Prince Fugger von Babenhausen, Prince Leopold, 's marriage to Aninna Kammer is non-dynastic, and his younger brother, Alexander, is now the Hereditary Count.

The present Count of Schönburg-Glauchau succeeded his father in 1998.  His older brother, Carl-Alban, renounced his rights in 1995 when he married a commoner, Juliet Fowler.

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