Prince Michel, Count of Évreux

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Prince Michel
Count of Évreux
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Born (1941-06-25) 25 June 1941 (age 77)
Rabat, Morocco
Spouse Béatrice Marie Pasquier de Franclieu
Bárbara de Posch-Pastor
Issue Princess Clotilde, Mrs. Crépy
Princess Adélaïde, Mrs. Dailly
Prince Charles Philippe, Duke of Anjou
Prince François, Count of Dreux
Full name
French: Michel Joseph Benoît Marie
House Orléans
Father Prince Henri, Count of Paris
Mother Princess Isabelle of Orléans-Braganza
Religion Roman Catholic

Prince Michel of Orléans, fils de France, Count of Évreux (Michel Joseph Benoît Marie; born 25 June 1941, Rabat, Morocco) is a member of the House of Orléans which reigned over France between 1830 and 1848, a cadet branch of the royal House of Bourbon. He is a younger son of Henri, Count of Paris, the Orleanist claimant to the French throne from 1940 to 1999, and of the author, Princess Isabelle of Orléans-Braganza.


Prince Michel was born in Morocco and raised in exile as one of the eleven children of the Comte de Paris. His family re-patriated to France in 1950 after the law of banishment against former French dynasties was repealed.

Prince Michel earned a university degree studying mathematics, chemistry and physics,[1]


French royal family
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HRH The Count of Paris
HRH The Countess of Paris

He was dating Princess Irene of Greece and Denmark when he met Béatrice Marie Pasquier de Franclieu,[2] whom he married on 18 November 1967 in Casablanca, Morocco, without his father's consent.[3]

The bride was born Béatrice Marie Guillemine Huguette in Neuilly-sur-Seine on 24 October 1941, the daughter of Count Bruno Pasquier de Franclieu (Lyon, 4 March 1914 - Paris, 15 September 1944) of a noble family, and his wife Jacqueline Térisse (Rambouillet, 7 September 1918 - 2006) who had married in Lormes on 29 April 1938.

The marriage was not regarded as dynastic, and Prince Michel's wife and children were not initially given traditional Orléanist royal titles. On 10 December 1976, Béatrice was allowed by her father-in-law to share ad personam her husband's style, viz., "Her Royal Highness Princess Michel of Orléans, comtesse d'Evreux".[4] Subsequent to the accession as head of the House of Orléans and pretender by his brother Prince Henri, Count of Paris, Duke of France in 1999, his wife and children were recognized as fully dynastic members of the royal house[3] with commensurate styles and titles.

The family lived in Morocco, Germany and England. Their children attained adulthood in Spain. According to the prince's wife, her work as a fashion consultant for Women's Wear Daily and Dior, combined with her husband's lack of a career, imposed strains upon the marriage.[1] Michel and Beatrice were separated in 1994 and he left their home,[1] although there were then no plans to terminate the marriage.[2] The Court of Appeal of Paris pronounced finally an order for divorce on 28 November 2012[5]. They had four children:[2]

  • Princess Clotilde Jacqueline Charlotte Marie d'Orléans (born 28 December 1968),[6] married in 1993 to Edouard Crépy (b. 19 January 1969) at the home of Prince Pedro of Orléans-Braganza in Villamanrique de la Condesa. They have five children:
    • Louis Nicolas Marie François Stephane Corneille Crépy (4 August 1995)
    • Charles Edouard Marie Alvaro Tatiana Corneille Crépy (13 July 1996)
    • Gaspard Marie Leon Canio Corneille Crépy (2 March 1999)
    • Augustin Crépy (26 April 2005)
    • Eléonore Crépy (6 December 2007)
  • Princess Adélaïde Jeanne Marie d'Orléans (born 11 September 1971), a goddaughter of King Juan Carlos I of Spain, married in 2002 to Pierre-Louis Étienne Marcel Éric Dailly (b. 28 May 1968). They have three children:
    • Diego Marie Michel Louis Alexis Dailly (20 November 2003)
    • Almudena Marie Sarah Béatrice Aline Dailly (16 December 2004)
    • Gaetano Dailly (25 August 2009)
  • Prince Charles-Philippe Marie Louis of Orléans, Duke of Anjou (b. 3 March 1973), married in 2008 to Diana Álvares Pereira de Melo, 11th Duchess of Cadaval at the Cathedral of Evora in Portugal:
    • Princess Isabelle of Orléans (b. 22 February 2012), a goddaughter of King Felipe VI of Spain.
  • Prince François Charles Frédéric Bruno Marie d'Orléans, Count of Dreux (b. 10 February 1982), married 27 July 2014 in the Basilica of St. Jacob in Straubing, Germany to Theresa Marie Dorothée Gabrielle Cathérine von Einsiedel.[7] Born 17 January 1984 in Munich, she is the fourth of seven children of Curt-Hildebrand von Einsiedel (born 1944, member of a comital family known in Meissen since 1299) by his wife, née Princess Amelie von Urach (born 1949, member of a morganatic ducal branch of the former royal House of Wurttemberg, and daughter of Prince Eberhard von Urach by his wife, Princess Iniga of Thurn and Taxis).[8]
    • Prince Philippe of Orléans (b. 5 May 2017)[9]

On 29 April 2017, in Paris, Évreux entered a civil marriage with Madame Bárbara de Posch-Pastor (b. 2 May 1952, Madrid, Spain), daughter of Erich Edler von Posch-Pastor (grandson of Austrian diplomat Ludwig von Pastor, Baron von Campersfelden) and his wife Doña Silvia Rodríguez de Rivas y Díaz de Erazo, ex-wife of Boson de Talleyrand, Duke of Valençay.[5]



  1. ^ a b c Perales, Marisa. Beatriz de Orléans, Tiempo. 5/1/2009.
  2. ^ a b c Herrero, Nieves. Beatriz de Orleans, El Mundo Magazine. 4/10/2009
  3. ^ a b Velde, Francois. The Royal Family: A Genealogy,, accessed 12/10/2009
  4. ^ Philippe De Montjouvent (1998). Le Comte de Paris Et Sa Descendance. p. 307. ISBN 978-2-913211-00-1. 
  5. ^ a b (in French) "Mariage dans la Famille de France. La joie de Michel et Barbara". Point de Vue. 2017-05-10. Retrieved 2017-06-14. 
  6. ^ "Princess Clotilde d'Orléans - The Peerage". Retrieved 3 December 2015. 
  7. ^ Newton, Jennifer. Mail Online. French prince marries German aristocrat in a traditional wedding. retrieved 27 July 2014.
  8. ^ Enache, Nicolas. La Descendance de Marie-Therese de Habsburg. ICC, Paris, 1996. pp. 195, 332, 437, 443. (French). ISBN 2-908003-04-X
  9. ^ "Prince Philippe d'Orléans - Nobiliana". Retrieved 19 May 2017. 

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Prince Michel, Count of Évreux
Cadet branch of the House of Bourbon
Born: 25 June 1941
Preceded by
Prince Foulques, Duke of Aumale
Line of succession to the French throne (Orléanist)
11th position
Succeeded by
Charles-Philippe d'Orléans
Preceded by
Pierre d'Orléans
Line of succession to the French throne (Legitimist)
86th position
Succeeded by
Charles-Philippe d'Orléans