Satirists and members of the revolution said that Marie Antoinette was sleeping with her best friends. This rumor was certainly fanned after the revolution when the Countess Lamont – a key player in the affair of the necklace scandal, who later fled abroad – claimed that she had been Marie Antoinette’s lesbian lover. It’s unlikely, but, of course, possible. Lesbian affairs between the ladies of the court weren’tÂ uncommon. This is a notion that persists today with Farewell, My Queen which speculates upon the erotic nature of the relationship between Marie Antoinette and Yolande Polignac.
However, Antonia Fraser asserts,
What Marie Antoinette wanted at this point was an intimacy based on sentiment rather than sex, nothing in her life so far had made her look on sex as anything but duty and a rather disagreeable duty at that.
So while she could have been having lesbian affairs with her ladies in waiting – and it wouldn’t have been that weird! Breasts were being bared to everyone’s left and right! – she probably wasn’t. I mean, she most likely wasn’t with the Princesse de Lamballe who was known for being prudish, likely in part because of her late husband’s debauched nature literally killing him.
But Marie AntoinetteÂ certainly did adore her.