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 75)
Rabat, Morocco
Spouse Béatrice Marie Pasquier de Franclieu
Issue Princess Clotilde, Mrs. Corneille 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 French nobleman and part of the claimant family to the French throne. He is the son of the late Prince Henri, Count of Paris (the Orleanist claimant to the French throne from 1940 until his death) and Princess Isabelle of Orléans-Braganza. Prince Michel is styled as the Count of Évreux.


Prince Michel was born in Morocco and raised in exile as one of the eleven children of the Comte de France. His family re-patriated to France in 1950 after the law of banishment against former French dynasties was repealed.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 Marie Emilien Pasquier de Franclieu (Lyon, 4 March 1914 - Paris, 15 September 1944) of a noble family, and his wife Jacqueline Françoise Marie Thérèse Irène 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 no plans to terminate the marriage.[2] They had four children (and several grandchildren):[2]

  • Princess Clotilde Jacqueline Charlotte Marie d'Orléans (born 28 December 1968),[5] married in 1993 to Edouard Yves Corneille Crépy (b. 19 January 1969) at Villamanrique de la Condesa, owned by Prince Pedro of Orléans-Braganza:
    • Louis Nicolas Marie François Stephane Corneille Crépy (b. 4 August 1995)
    • Charles Edouard Marie Alvaro Tatiana Corneille Crépy (b. 13 July 1996)
    • Gaspard Marie Leon Canio Corneille Crépy (b. 2 March 1999)
    • Augustin Crépy (b. 26 April 2005)
    • Eléonore Crépy (b. 6 December 2007)
  • Princess Adélaïde Jeanne Marie d'Orléans (born 11 September 1971), married in 2002 to Pierre-Louis Étienne Marcel Éric Dailly (b. 28 May 1968):
    • Diego Marie Michel Louis Alexis Dailly (b. 20 November 2003)
    • Almudena Marie Sarah Béatrice Aline Dailly (b. 16 December 2004)
    • Gaetano Dailly (b. 25 August 2009)
Princess Adélaïde's godfather is King Juan Carlos I of Spain.
Princess Isabelle's godfather is King Felipe VI of Spain.



  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. ^ Retrieved 3 December 2015.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  6. ^ Newton, Jennifer. Mail Online. French prince marries German aristocrat in a traditional wedding. retrieved 27 July 2014.
  7. ^ Enache, Nicolas. La Descendance de Marie-Therese de Habsburg. ICC, Paris, 1996. pp. 195, 332, 437, 443. (French). ISBN 2-908003-04-X

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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)
10th position
Succeeded by
Charles-Philippe d'Orléans
Preceded by
Pierre d'Orléans
Line of succession to the French throne (Legitimist)
85th position
Succeeded by
Charles-Philippe d'Orléans