She also has a couple of cousins (who are brothers) who claim the same relationship to him (grandchildren of the same first cousin, but through a different son), who have married into some mediatized houses -- e.g. Waldburg and Quadt. Their wives are first cousins, as well as nieces of HRH Franz, the Duke of Bavaria, head of the house of Wittelsbach (a.k.a. HM Francis II, King of England and Scotland).
My question is: has a family like the Stauffenbergs always been acceptable for dynastic intermarriages with these houses, according to their existing laws -- or have the said laws somehow been bent or modified, with changing times? Everybody knows how difficult it is to continue enforcing old rules (e.g. "equality" of births, as a term for dynasticity) in deposed houses. Just look at the Habsburgs and Romanovs ...
The reason for my asking is that none of the three sons of the late Friedrich Wilhelm, who headed the princely house of Hohenzollern- Sigmarinen from 1965-2010 (and who himself married only a princess from a mediatized house), married "equally" -- meaning a princess from a sovereign or mediatized house. However, both the eldest and youngest did marry noblewomen born to the comital rank: evidently their father approved those unions, and possibly even that of his middle son (who married an untitled commoner). Although divorced, Alexandra is the mother of Karl Friedrich's four children -- in particular, his only son and heir.
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