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Princess Miriam of Bulgaria overcame tragedy after the loss of her husband, Prince Kardam.

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Princess Miriam and Prince Kardam of Bulgaria.

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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.