Monday, September 12, 2011
Battle over French royal inheritance
I hate the French Republic as much as any royalist, and lean towards the "Orleanist" position on the post-1883 royal succession, but the late Count of Paris (who would have been King Henri VI) (1908-1999) did not exactly distinguish himself with his bizarre vendetta against his children from whom he was determined to exclude his vast fortune. Now via the courts his heir Henri "VII" and his surviving siblings may be poised to recover their inheritance. I never understood the late Count's behaviour, and his children probably have the right of the argument, but it leaves a bitter taste in the royalist mouth that they must rely on the laws of the French Republic (whose citizens have a complex relationship with royalty) to make their case.