Meanwhile, Dom Rafael [4th in line of succession in the junior branch] was featured in an interview in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung:
As always, Dom Rafael comes across as quite eminently reasonable, accessible and sympathetic, but I was disappointed to read that he now, apparently, believes that he must "marry royal." The Vassouras branch is going to run out of claimants if it doesn't drop this make-believe "requirement."
Also, on pg 3, the young Prince gives it as his opinion that this requirement forms part of the "house law," and that changing it would require the consent of the whole family. Has anyone, I wonder, pointed out to the young gentleman that there has, in fact, never been an "ebenburtigkeit" requirement in the house laws of the Braganzas or the constitutional law of the Brazilian Empire? What "consent" was asked for in 1908 to impose a condition that had never existed in law whilst the monarchy was still in existence?