Prince Michel, Count of Évreux

House of Orléans Henri, Count of Paris (1908–1999) Princess Isabelle of Orléans-Braganza
Prince Michel
Count of Évreux
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Born (1941-06-25) 25 June 1941 (age 79)
Rabat, Morocco
Béatrice Marie Pasquier de Franclieu
(m. 1967; div. 2012)

Bárbara de Posch-Pastor
(m. 2017)
IssuePrincess 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
FatherHenri, Count of Paris
MotherPrincess Isabelle of Orléans-Braganza
ReligionRoman 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 His family re-patriated to France in 1950 after the law of banishment against former French dynasties was repealed.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]


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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, a daughter of Bruno Pasquier de Franclieu of a noble family, and his wife, Jacqueline Térisse.

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]

On 29 April 2017, in Paris, Évreux entered a civil marriage with 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] As head of the Orleanist House of France, the Count of Paris has recognized his brother's second marriage as dynastic and Barbara as Her Royal Highness the "Countess of Evreux", while affirming that his former sister-in-law is now "Princess Béatrice d'Orléans" and retains the style of Royal Highness.[10]



  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 "Mariage dans la Famille de France. La joie de Michel et Barbara". Point de Vue (in French). 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.
  10. ^ "Le title de la princesse Béatrice d'Orléans, 14 December 2016". Point de Vue (in French): 33. 2016.