It was up to the Prince Regent, who could actually have withheld consent to his brother's marriage. After all, the 1772 Royal Marriages Act did not state that the spouse of a British royal must be of *equal* birth -- nor tied the hands of a sovereign, by forcing him to approve any marriage which was unquestionably equal.
But from the GERMAN standpoint, however, there were no grounds for granting consent to the match. Perhaps the Prince Regent was applying that system in recognizing as dynastic the union of the Duke of Cumberland and their first cousin -- notwithstanding her scandalous reputation.
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