Apparently, Pr. Philipp of Hesse was the card in Hitler's sleeve, should the Kaiser not accept the restoration of the German Reich and become sort of the Fuhrer's puppet.
Not only Philipp's pedigree was impecable, he was faithfull to the cause and the cherry on top of the cake, he was married to the italian princess Mafalda of Savoy, Italy being Germany's closest ally.
That a Prince of Hessen was contemplated (or at least mentioned as a candidate) should not surprise anyone; the four Hessen-brothers were firm nazi-supporters almost from the very beginning.
I can highly recommend the book Royals and the Reich on the issue. And as a counter-balance also the book 'The Palace and the Bunker' about royal and noble resistance against Hitler's Third Reich.
I am reading the very interesting diary of William Dodd, US ambassador to Germany from 1933-37. It's not a royalty book, but it is interesting to note how often royalty and the nobility come up. It is especially interesting that even after the accession of Hitler (I am only up to 1934), restoration of the (national) monarchy seems to have been generally considered a real possibility, either under a Hohenzollern, probably but not necessarily Louis Ferdinand, or perhaps under the "Duke [sic] of Hesse."
My question, though, has to do with occasional off-hand references to men making a "Prussian bow." He contrasts this with the more "easy going" British or American bow. Does anyone have any idea what he means? Was it just crisper? Perhaps deeper?