Princess Miriam of Bulgaria overcame tragedy after the loss of her husband, Prince Kardam.
Miriam de Ungría became the Princess of Turnovo when she married Bulgaria’s Prince Kardam in 1996.
In 2008, the couple were involved in a serious car crash in Madrid. Their vehicle hit a tree and was flipped over, causing Miriam to suffer a broken elbow, broken ribs, and a collapsed lung, according to Hello! Magazine.
Meanwhile, Kardam’s injuries were significantly worse, with brain-skull trauma and injuries to his hands.
He ultimately passed away in 2015 after years of health struggles due to the accident.
“His death was the result of a pulmonary infection, which was related to the paralysis he suffered for several years following a car accident in 2008 that he never recovered from,” the prince’s father, the former Tsar of Bulgaria, said in a statement.
In the years that followed, Miriam focused both on her family life (she has two sons, Prince Boris and Prince Beltrán) and her jewelry line.
Miriam has had a life-long career as a gemologist, and launched her first jewelry collection in 1991.
In 2014, she launched MdeU, a luxury brand that creates jewelry and accessories fit for any royal — or wannabe royal — with tiaras, earrings, bracelets, and brooches.