Germany’s Prince Otto of Hesse, 55, is killed as he crashes his Ducati into autobahn barrier

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A German prince has died in a Ducati motorbike accident after smashing into a barrier on a Bavarian autobahn. 

Prince Otto of Hesse died in the early hours of Sunday after swerving on his €20,000 motorbike and crashing into the guard rail near Lake Constance. 

The 55-year-old – a businessman who owned several McDonald’s franchises in southern Germany – died at the scene, according to Bild, 

Otto was descended from a German royal dynasty with connections to the rulers of Prussia and was thought to be distantly linked to the British royal family. 

The cause of the accident is not yet clear, but the motorbike is thought to have started swerving after overtaking another vehicle at high speed. 

 

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