One of the most widespread myths concerning ”Madame Deficit” or Marie Antoinette is that when she learned about the serious lack of bread among her people she maliciously replied with “Let them eat cake”. However this was solely said to spread her self-centered, ignorant woman image and to infuriate the population that had already had a perhaps unsound impression about the lavish Queen.
In “Confessions” Jean-Jacques Rousseau points out that these exact same words were said by a ‘great princess’ upon discovering the growing difficulty in acquiring the daily bread among the french. This around the year of 1767, so 3 years before Marie Antoinette was even in France. Thus we comprehend how the words were erroneously attributed to the Queen, partly leading to an even greater hatred towards the royal family, which ended up with the bloody French Revolution. Even in the well-known Kirsten Dunst Marie Antoinette movie she uses the line, but again, it was not actually hers.