Archduke Franz Ferdinand was the third to the throne at one point, he became heir through two untimely deaths. Much has been said about him but very little good. He is referred to as a miser, bigot and a spoiled child. He is also known as the "loneliest man in Vienna"
He lacked two key elements of success in his social scheme- charm and elegance. He was married to Countess Sophia von Chotkowa in the 1900 ad was called on of the world's greatest love affairs
Unfortunately the Emperor considered the Duchess a commoner and tried to convince Franz letting him know he was marrying beneath his station. However, they went against the Emperor's but had to renounce rights of ranks and succession for their children
Franz was considered more flexible in matters of the military and domestic affairs. He was a reformist with new ideas to be put into practice when he ascended to the Hapsburg throne. One of his ideas was "tribalism"- the reorganization of the dual monarchy into a triple monarchy by giving the Slavs an equal voice in the empire.