This Family Claims to Be French Royalty, and It’s Really Controversial
A French family claims to be royalty. The only problem is France doesn’t have a monarchy. Not since King Louis XVI was guillotined more than two centuries ago has France had a monarchy, according to The Telegraph. Ahead, learn why one family in France claims to be French royalty.
Royal House of Orléans
The Royal House of Orléans is the French family line containing royal blood. The line goes back to King XVI and further. Today, Henri d’Orléans, a descendant of King Louis-Philippe, the last king to ascend to the throne, is embroiled in a controversy over the throne with his family.
Hint: Why does it matter?
The argument goes back generations
Remember, France hasn’t had a monarchy in more than 200 years. So, why is this family fighting over who will have rights to the throne? Because, who wouldn’t want to be a king? As it turns out, Henri d’Orléans, and his eight siblings fought over their father’s property with royal ties in court, according to The Telegraph.
Hint: ‘Pretenders’ as their called, have courtesy titles.
Heri holds a courtesy title
Henri holds the courtesy titles of Count of Paris and Duke of France. As the term “courtesy titles” suggests, the titles are nothing more than that, titles. They give Henri no legal status under the French Republic.
Hint: Henri’s youngest son has a problem with his older brother being heir.
François heir to throne until his death
Henri’s oldest son, François, remained the heir to the nonexistent throne until his death in 2017, according to Royal Central. François had suffered from a severe mental disability since birth. To help François, his father had enlisted François’s brother, Jean, Duke of Vendôme, as regent.
Hint: A disease caused mental disabilities among the family.
Mental disabilities run in the family
The youngest of Henri’s three children, Blanche, lives with a disability as a result of her mother having toxoplasmosis — a disease caused by one of the world’s most common parasites, according to the Mayo Clinic — during pregnancy. François, also had the same disease.
Hint: Jean had a good reason for wanting to the title.
Jean couldn’t wait to be king
Before the death of François, Jean argued he should become the next pretender to the throne. He claimed he should no longer act as regent on behalf of François, and have the title for himself.
Hint: Father used French tradition to back up his decision.
Why Henri believes François was the rightful heir
Before the death of François, Henri refuted his son, Jean’s, claims to becoming the heir in a Right-wing magazine, Point de Vue. Henri claimed “French monarchical tradition” supported his decision to appoint a regent when the rightful heir is unable to govern. Since the death of François, Jean has become the next heir to the throne.