Shock as royal tragically dies in motorcycle crash at 55

Sarah Carty
Features & Style Editor

Royal fans have once again been left in shock, after a German prince was tragically killed in a motorcycle accident on Sunday. 

His death comes just days after it was confirmed that Austrian Princess Maria Petrovna Galitzine, died from an aneurysm at the age of 31.

Prince Otto of Hesse has tragically passed away. Photo: Facebook
Prince Otto of Hesse has died in a motorcycle crash. Photo: Facebook

Prince Otto of Hesse, who was a descendant of the German royal dynasty, was riding his Ducati motorbike on the A96 motorway, heading towards Lindau over the weekend, when he crashed into a guardrail, according to German newspaper, Bild. 

According to the reports, the 55-year-old died at the scene from his injuries. 

Prince Otto is survived by his four children, Prince Max, Princess Elena, Prince Moritz, and Prince Leopold, who are aged between 11 and 21, whom he had with his ex-wife, Clara Blickhaäuser. 

Otto and Carla married in Las Vegas on September 8th 1998 but they divorced in 2017.

The 55-year-old was a keen motorcycle enthusiast. Photo: Facebook

The royal used to own a number of McDonald's restaurants in Ingolstadt and was a keen motorcycle enthusiast. 

Otto was a member of the house of Hesse-Philippsthal and was the second son and last child of William of Hesse-Philippsthal-Barchfeld and Oda-Mathilde von Garmissen.

He was a descendant of King Frederick William III of Prussia and King William I of the Netherlands. 

His grandmother, Princess Marianne of Prussia, who died in 2017, was a member of the German royal dynasty, the House of Hohenzollern.

According to royal genealogist Daniel Willis, Prince Otto was 1461th in the line of succession.

He’s also believed to be distinctly linked to the Biritsh royal family. 

Prince Otto is believed to have died from his injuries at the scene. Photo: Facebook

Otto’s friend told Bild that he was on his was way to see his girlfriend in Ticino at the time of the crash and was “looking forward to the trip”. 

The cause of the crash is still unclear but according to German newspaper TZ, a police report claimed it was “possible that excessive speed caused the accident”. 

His death comes just days after Princess Maria Petrovna Galitzine, who was a descendant of Emperor Karl I and Zita de Borbon-Parma, died from an aneurysm at the age of 31.

She leaves behind her two-year-old son, Maxim and her husband of three years, Rishi, who is the executive chef at Hotel Derek in Houston. 

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