Marie Antoinette to the princesse de Lamballe, 1791:
No, once again, do not return, my dear heart. Do not throw yourself into
the tiger’s jaws. I suffer already too much uneasiness for my husband
and my poor little children … Adieu, my dear heart; your friendship is
my consolation and my only happiness.
I see a lot of posts saying that “Belle married into royalty” or talking about “the prince’s parents, the King and Queen”. And you know, if it was a fairy tale land like in Cinderella, I wouldn’t say anything, but here it’s specifically France, in a time period we can guess as the mid-18th century.
Surprise, Louis XV never turned into a beast.
I mean, if he actually was the sovereign, then forgetting curse or not, there would be a few issues with that. Hell, in the live-action, they even go to PARIS, which seems like it’s doing fine and not lost in anarchy. And maybe there would be more than a little provincial town around the royal castle.
In France, high-ranking noblemen were sometimes given the title of “Prince” (le Prince de Condé, le Prince de Lamballe…). They were generally distant to very-distant relatives of the current royal family, but they were not royalty. They would keep the title of Prince/Princess all their lives, as if duke or marquis.
My conclusion is that the Prince in Beauty and the Beast is not royalty, he’s just a pretty extra noble guy.
“Rousseau says: If we assume man has been corrupted by an artificial civilization, what is the natural state? The state of nature from which he has been removed? Imagine wandering up dan down the forest without industry, without speech, and without home.”
…they had raised the victim’s head so that it could not escape her
sight; it was that of the Princesse de Lamballe. Though bloody, it was
not disfigured; her blond hair, still curling, floated around the pike.
–the journal of Jean-Baptiste Cléry
[image: my scan/collection]