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Yes, it was. The Count of Barcelona consulted with Grand Duke Wladimir, who confirmed the Bragations were royal. Well, if not, his marriage would not be dynastic, either
And as you say, by then the princess was no longer a member of the Bavarian royal family, so one presumes that she didn't require or request the consent of Crown Prince Rupprecht ... I wonder, nonetheless, as to what her father thought of the marriage, given that his daughter was the third wife of a twice-divorced man, and moreover somebody who was a member of a different Christian church ...
In today's world, of course, there are far worse marriages for royals to make -- given that many are contracting dynastic unions with untitled commoners. The trouble with the Bagrations is that they, like the Bourbons of the Two Sicilies, belong to a formerly sovereign dynasty deposed through annexation -- but are not listed in the first section of the Almanach de Gotha.
So the basis for determining whether a prince(ss) of Georgia is equal for the purpose of marriage is not clear. If the house even had an asterisk, which would be the case if mediatized, there would generally be no problem. Evidently, in this case, it had to be an individual person -- a royal who had some authority to make a judgment call. And the person who best fit the bill was the then-head of the Romanovs-- not withstading the fact that even Grand Duke Vladimir's own claim to headship of the Russian imperial dynasty was not an entirely foolproof one. Perhaps he was influenced by his own personal feelings for the bridgegroom's sister Leonida, whom he married later ...
If there are question marks as to what exactly Prince Ferdinand thought of the match, there would probably be many more as to what the rest of the Wittelsbachs thought. But then, it should not have mattered -- although, as you say, his children did request (unsuccessfully) reinstatement as members of the Bavarian royal house, later on.