German courts have upheld the rights of other former dynasties to stick to rules that are no longer accepted in present day Germany. The exclusion of women in succession for most dynasties is not in line with anti-discrimination laws either as is marrying someone who does not qualify according to stipulations made by the individual who has a will made. You are apparently allowed to leave the bulk of your estate to an unborn grandson who has to marry a lady who fits certain requirements. To the best of my knowledge the will and it's exact stipulations are not public so i don't know what words are used.
To the best of my knowledge the aryan requirement is one Carina never could have fitted but ennobling her father would not be enough either. From what i understand both family lines of the bride need to be noble. All grandparents and possibly even one or two generations before them. Quite funny if you understand that Gustav's paternal grandmother is the daughter of the Duke of Otrante and descents from Fouche, Napoleon I's much hated minister of the police.
Gustav is not that different from Georgy Michaelovich or Georg Friedrich. Each and every one of them is limited in his choice of bride if he wants to succeed to his family's legacy. He could marry Carina and give it all up, but he is having his cake and eating it.
they just don't have any children but that may not be down to his grandfather's will. Parents don't need to be married to have children.
We live in an age of political correctness, which, in many cases, is a synonim of hipocrisy, but, as a jurist, I find it difficult that no one can challenge the will on the grounds of discrimination.
A will is a contract and a contract with clauses that are not valid can be over-ruled or at least, the unvalid clauses can.
I understand the will was done before the end of WW2 and the clause would be perfectly valid regarding the laws of the Reich, but I guess every discriminatory law of the time has been revoked.
Is it just because it is a question of a noble succession in a republican state ?
Does the will mentione how far back must be the noble ascendance of a future wife of a SWB head of the family ?
Couldn't Q.Margareth enoble Carina's parents making her of noble ascendance ?
Suppose Gustav had fallen in love with the daughter of the Emperor of Japan. No doubts about the noble ascendance but the arian issue would be an impediment, right ?
Is it known if there could be a pact between Gustav and the apparent heirs (is the next in-line Bernhard ?) allowing Gustav to succeed?
Bearing in mind Carina's age, she might not have children and the succession would inevitably fall on the current heir's line anyway .
As many have said, Gustav had the option to follow the will or his heart.
We have a say "You cannot eat the cake and still have the cake" but it is a pity that he cannot marry the woman he loves and that has prooven to be a dignified lady with an irreprochable behaviour, who never skated on thin ice and that has been wellcomed by her partner's royal relatives and invited to every major event.
Well things would get quite awkward if they started to talk about the fact that the woman who he has shared his life with for years now can never be his wife without loosing Berleburg. His grandfather's will is very clear Gustav has to marry an Aryan woman of noble descent from both parents. In his generation there were plenty of women who would have fit that bill. He choose otherwise.
As for the future, the headship of the house will go to his uncle's line or maybe even further away. Im not sure the castle, the land and the rest go with the headship of the house or if he could leave it to his nephew.
My guess is that the Berleburg family agreed to do this interview with the clause that there should be no questions about 'the will' and the future of Berleburg... too bad, as this would have been a perfect opportunity for Prince Gustav to let us know his view upon what he thinks should happen with Berleburg in due time...