Maximilien (Max for short) is an illegitimate son of Maurice whose mother is Marguerite. Marguerite met Maurice when he started to work in his father’s salons throughout Europe as a teenager. They both fell in love and their relationship ended by Maurice in order to honor a marriage contract Maurice’s parents signed with one of King Louis XVI’s brothers in order to marry Vivienne. Unbeknownst to Maurice, he left Marguerite pregnant. Fifteen years pass until finally Maurice takes over the Salons throughout Europe from his father and meets with Marguerite. Marguerite unknowingly chose her timing well. She knew Max’s features did not resemble Maurice in the least and paternity was hard to prove back then. It was not until Maurice invited Max and Marguerite to meet his parents (Alex and Viktoria) in their chateau in Bavaria that Viktoria recognized Max’s resemblance to that of her own father.