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Princess Maria Petrovna Galitzine has tragically died at 31 following a “sudden cardiac aneurysm”

Our hearts go out to the family.

By Maddison Hockey
Austria's Princess Maria Petrovna Galitzine, who married to become Maria Singh, has tragically died just days before her 32nd birthday.
The daughter of Prince Piotr Galitzine and Princess Maria-Anna Galitzine (born Archduchess of Austria), Maria's great-grandparents were the last Emperor and Empress of Austria, making her a descendant of the Habsburg dynasty.
Maria died on May 4, but details of her sudden death have recently been published in an obituary for The Houston Chronicle.
The Princess was just 31 years old. Image: Facebook
Maria wed her now husband, Rishi in 2017. Image: Facebook
According to the notice, Maria suffered from a "sudden cardiac aneurysm" and was laid to rest on May 8 in Houston, Texas, her hometown at the time.
Maria leaves behind a husband, Rishi Roop Singh, a chef whom she married in Houston in 2017, and a two-year-old son, Maxim described by the obituary as "the apple of her eye."
Maria pictured with her husband on their wedding day. Image: Facebook
Maria and her son Maxim. Image: Facebook
Born in Luxemburg in 1988, both of Maria's parents hold a royal status - her father is a Russian aristocrat and her mother is the daughter of Archduke Rudolf of Austria.
At five years of age, Maria returned to Russia with her family and attended the German School of Moscow, where she graduated before living and working in Brussels, Chicago and Houston, "specialising in interior design and furnishings."
Maria also had five siblings, sisters Xenia Galitzine de Matta, Tatiana Galitzine Sierra and Princess Alexandra, and her brothers Princes Dmitri and Ioann.
Princess Tatiana Sierra and husband, Galitzine Guillermo at the fourth annual UNICEF Audrey Hepburn Society Ball Image: Getty
The Princess gave up her title when she married her husband and lived out a relatively normal life.
Her sister Tatiana, also living in Houston, spoke of the normalcy of her life, despite her family status in a 2018 interview with The Houston Chronicle.
"My life is completely normal unless we are invited to royal weddings. My mail sometimes says 'Princess Tatiana.' What was weird was when I went from 'Princess' to 'Mrs.' I had been a princess all my life," she said."

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