Prince Otto of Hesse has been killed in a tragic Ducati motorbike crash in Germany.
The 55-year-old died in a horror smash near Lindau and Lake Constance, in the southern state of Bavaria, on Sunday, May 17. He reportedly crashed his €20,000 motorbike into the guard rail near Lake Constance.
The cause of the accident is yet to be revealed, but the motorbike is thought to have started swerving after overtaking another vehicle at high speed.
‘For reasons not yet known, the rider lost control of his vehicle, started to swerve and crashed into the guard rail,’ a police report says.
The prince ( pictured above) was a huge fan of sports cars and motorbike. He recently shared a picture of himself posing on the Ducati motorbike that he was riding at the time of the fatal crash.
Otto was the second son of William of Hesse-Philippsthal-Barchfeld, the current head of the Hesse-Philippsthal family, and was also a descendant of King Frederick William III of Prussia and of William V of Orange-Nassau.
According to German media, Otto is the franchise owner of four McDonald’s restaurants in Ingolstadt.