Archduke Karl Ludwig, Emperor Franz Josef's younger brother, has renounced his rights in favor of his son, Archduke Franz Ferdinand, according to dispatch from the New York Times.
The renouncement has not been formally signed, but a "draft of the document was hurriedly prepared." The Archduke "took the oath of surrender" in a private meeting with the Emperor. Franz Josef them met privately for more than an hour.
The news of Archduke Karl Ludwig's renouncement has "caused great general surprise" in Vienna. He and his wife are "favorite leaders in society." Archduke Franz Ferdinand has renounced the Modena fortune in favor of his younger brother, Archduke Otto.
Archduke Franz Ferdinand is 25 years old and unmarried.