Is Othello a Prince? Why is this relevant?

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In Act 1, Scene 2, Othello mentions his royal lineage when Iago warns him that Desdemona's father, a powerful senator, will do his best to obtain a divorce for his daughter, suggesting that it would be on the grounds that Othello is an alien and of inferior social status. Othello replies:

'Tis yet to know--

Which, when I know that...

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