Originally Posted by MAfan
No, despite his wife Francesca is merely the daughter of a baron their marriage has been authorized by Archduke Otto and it is considered as equal.
True,strange,but Francesca is noble from both sides of her family...Francesca has descended from Habsburg family through her mother Fiona Frances Elaine Cambell-Walter...in fact from Emperor Rudolf I!
From her father's side she has also descended from many great families such as Esterhazy,Zichy,Bethlen...
Of course,it may not be the reason for treated equal,but still could prove noble ancestry for many generations from both sides of her family!