Okay...bear with me here..because I am confused PeDe.
Let's say I am born with red hair. But my country decides that it is illegal to call people with red hair "redheads."
It's a description that is ABOLISHED. All redheads must now and forevermore use the adjective "auburn" to describe their hair color...because there is no such thing as "redhead" anymore.
This will NOT change the fact that I am a redhead...it's just that the country of my birth prefer that I not describe myself that way....but I am still a person with red hair regardless of which laws are passed prohibiting that description.So it is with E-A and his title of "Prince".
So in that case yes...reality does indeed trump the law.
Forgive me for the silly parallel but this is the way I see it. Germany abolished the monarchy, which was their right, and which is the law as it stands. They don't want Kings/Queens/Princes to rule over them, which is their right.
It CAN NOT change what E-A is, was and will always be...Royal, because his parents were Royal, their parents were Royal etc. Germany can insist he call himself HERR or Mr...but he is a MR who is also a Prince of the blood by birth.
Sorry for the confusion, I am trying to make a point and to understand yours.
no, don't be sorry, I think we just see it in a different way.
I could understand your analogy we would talk royalty as something physical that somebody is born with, that is inherent to genetics and not easily removable. For example, if royals were truly born with “blue blood”. Then - just because the law changes, the name for something changes - your blue blood would not be able to be altered. It would stay blue.
But to me royalty is a concept contrived by humans to appoint somebody in a lifelong position or status. Some were born into it, some were elected into it, and some had the 'honour' to have royalty bestowed upon them....thousand/hundreds of years ago.
Royalty is nothing that they carry in their blood and flesh (*by now royalists would have stoned me*
) it is an idea that is carried through centuries.
At one point in time group of people, a tribe, citizens decided to elect a leader, a king who has done heroic deeds for all of them, and granted him all the privileges and entitlements that come with this position, not only to him but also to his family.
And the law is formed according to it. The political environment is formed according to that law.
Century’s later the people re-think that law, and change the political direction they go, abolish the status of that leading family, making them equal to everybody else (1919). That status, with all its entitlements and privileges does not exist anymore.
Now, 35 years later, a boy is born. Born under a totally different social and political structure, but out of respect to his ancestry the now political leaders say that he can refer to his lineage, but only in name, not in status.
Hence, the name stays, but the title (e.g. Prince, Duke) goes out the window. And EA shouldn't even refer to himself as such!