Marie Antoinette, not-so-affectionately known as Madame Déficit, never actually said the words “let them eat cake.” But France’s last queen did say plenty of other interesting things, as scientists are beginning to uncover.
You see, Marie was BFFs with Axel de Fersen, a Swedish count and a friend of France’s royal family. They sent countless letters to each other, but what’s puzzling is that many of the passages were blacked-out. Now, two centuries later, we’re finally finding out that the two were friends and lovers.
Using X-ray and infrared scanners, researchers at France’s Research Centre for the Conservation of Collections revealed the first of the 13 extracts:
“I will end [this letter] but not without telling you, my dear and gentle friend, that I love you madly and that there is never a moment in which I do not adore you.”
Marie Antoinette penned those words on January 4, 1792, mere months after de Fersen’s failed attempt to usher Marie and her husband King Louis XVI out of Paris. A year later, the king was executed and months later, so was she.
These crazy revelations come on the heels of a new book claiming that two of her kids with Louis, Sophie and Louis Charles, were in fact fathered by de Fersen, according to the National Post.
This is all so very scandalous, but it should come as no surprise. The folks who lived in the Palace of Versailles were the top celebrities of their time. Clearly Brad and Angelina and Kim and Kanye have nothing on Marie and Axel. They took drama to another level and we can’t wait to see what else the letters reveal.