In an interesting passage, Princess Henriette of Belgium, Duchesse de Vendôme, contrasts two Bourbon princes, Louis Philippe Joseph d'Orléans (1747-1793), the royal regicide, and Louis Joseph, Prince of Condé (1736-1818), head of the counter-revolutionary army of émigrés. Henriette's balanced, nuanced reflections, on topics prone to arouse partisan passions, are typical of her historical work.
...Condé and the late Duc d'Orléans represent the most absolute contrast in the Capetian house. Orléans, of an influenceable character, weak, very quick to take umbrage in relation to the Court, where the elder branch often failed to show him consideration, as Louis XVI systematically kept him out of all action, which was a lack of address, for, with tact, he could have won his attachment. He did have worth and, well guided, well oriented, he would certainly not have had the deplorable tendency to go always to the left, always to the opposition, which led him to the guilty cowardice of the regicidal vote, a crime he expiated by mounting the scaffold with courage and resignation. He could see, like so many others, that his regrettable concessions had not saved him from revolutionary hatred.
Louis-Joseph de Bourbon, Prince of Condé, on the contrary, forgot his own interest, his fortune, his situation to fight unremittingly for the only France he recognized: monarchist and loyalist France. If the émigrés and their military leader have been criticized, attacked, calumniated for more than a century by so many writers and historians, who see in them the enemies of the country, because they fought revolutionary France, we must, to judge their mentality, understand their devotion to the monarchy which, for them, incarnated the country. Their principles impelled them to fight to return to France the regime that had made her so great. Condé had put his ideal, his very real patriotism, his military talents to work to reconquer his country and save it from the revolutionary ideas, which, in his opinion, would destroy it. Do we not now also see the bitter struggle of ideas and principles? The émigrés loved their country according to their principles, as do we all: in our day, we cannot say that we do not love France because we combat the communism and Bolshevism that have invaded our government, and which we know to be the destroyers and the worst enemies of our country? We must see in Condé's soul the same conviction; his sword was unsheathed against the scaffold, the massacres and the destroyers of the altars, of the faith, of tradition. (Le journal de Marie-Amélie, Duchesse d'Orléans, 1938, pp. 57-58).