Thursday, October 5, 2023

A new heir for Hohenzollern

 There is a new heir to the House of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen.    

Karl Friedrich, the Prince of Hohenzollern,  wrote about the succession to his estates deftly in his autobiography,  Zwischen Freiheit und Verantwortung.   The title translates to  Freedom and Responsibility.

  In the last few years, there has been speculation about who will succeed him as head of the house and run the multi-million businesses.   According to Prince Karl Friedrich, his only son, Prince Alexander has "other plans for life," and will not succeed him.

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 After Prince Alexander earned a master's degree in 2018, Prince Karl Friedrich sat down with his son to discuss the future, who informed his father that he was not interested in succeeding him as head of the house or running the businesses.  

According to an article in today's Schwabische Zeitung, Karl Friedrich,71, acknowledged he was  "plagued by self-doubt, which he practiced self-criticism and questioned what he had done wrong."   He admitted that Alexander "had other plans in life."

The Prince of Hohenzollern spoke with his tax advisers and members of the family including his two brothers, Prince Ferdinand, an architect, and Prince Albrecht.  Two family foundations were established to "ensure the continued existence of the noble house."

The new heir is Prince Ferdinand's eldest son, Prince Aloys, who will take over management of the family business in April 2029 when he turns thirty. He will also succeed Karl Friedrich as Prince of Hohenzollern.

HSH Prince Aloys Maria Friedrich Karl of Hohenzollern was born in Berlin on April 6, 1999, the eldest of three children of HSH Prince Ferdinand of Hohenzollern and Countess Ilona Kálnoky de Köröspatak.  He has a younger brother, Prince Fidelis, and a younger sister, Princess Victoria.


Christina said...

I wonder if Alexander will later regret his "other plans for life?"

Matteo said...

The same as Bourbon-Two Sicilies, Saxony, and many others, one renounces and later changes his idea...

Marlene Eilers Koenig said...

quite different .. because it does not involve titles (legally) but the inheritance of property and finance. This was done with lawyers, etc .. similar to Schonburg-Glauchau, Fugger von Babenhausen.