Maria Galitzine, life and death of a young Austrian princess

Princess Maria Galitzine Singh, 1988-2020
Maria and Rishi Roop Singh
Maria Galitzine's son: Maxim
Maria Singh: out of the spotlights
Habsburg royalty in Houston, Texas
Prince Piotr Galitzine and Archduchess Maria Anna of Austria
Emperor Charles I of Austria
Princess Maria: completely normal
Tatiana Galitzine: an outgoing Habsburg
What it means to be a Habsburg
Maria Galitzine Singh, always remembered
Princess Maria Galitzine Singh, 1988-2020

She was about to celebrate her 32nd birthday with her husband and her two-year-old son. But then, princess Maria Galitzine of Austria passed away unexpectedly from a cardiac aneurysm.

Maria and Rishi Roop Singh

The accident happened in May 2020. Princess Maria Galitzine lived in Houston, Texas and was married to the local celebrity chef Rishi Roop Singh in 2017.

Maria Galitzine's son: Maxim

Born in Luxembourg, raised in Moscow, and living in Belgium and the USA for her career, Maria Galitzine finally settled down with Rishi Roop in the Texan city of Houston. On social media, she appeared very happy with her husband and their young son Maxim.

Maria Singh: out of the spotlights

Princess Maria lived a quiet life with few public appearances. The little boy Maxim was "the apple of her eye," her obituary reads. Maria had adopted her husband's name, Singh. It did not remind anyone of her roots in the majestic Habsburg family.

Habsburg royalty in Houston, Texas

Princess Maria was one of six children. Here she posed at the Houston Museum of Fine Arts, left, with her mother, Archduchess Maria Anna, and her sisters Tatiana and Xenia Galitzine. The local Paper City Magazine was proud to have "royalty among us" at the exhibition and in the city of Houston where they all live.

Prince Piotr Galitzine and Archduchess Maria Anna of Austria

These are Maria's parents. Her father is Prince Piotr Galitzine, a Russian aristocrat, and her mother, Archduchess Maria Anna, is the granddaughter of Charles I, the last Emperor of Austria.

 

(Photo: Aubrie Lane, Twitter)

Emperor Charles I of Austria

Although they are less in the picture than other European royals, the Austrian Habsburgs stem from an iconic imperial family. The great-grandparents of Maria Singh are Charles I of Austria and Princess Zita of Bourbon-Parma. Charles ruled as Emperor of Austria and King of Hungary until the Austrian-Hungarian empire was dissolved after the First World War.

Princess Maria: completely normal

Princess Maria did not display her imperial heritage much though. She worked as an interior designer in the USA, loved art, and fell in love with the chef of the well-known Hotel Derek in Houston. For her and her sisters Tatiana and Xenia, life was "completely normal unless we are invited to royal weddings."

Tatiana Galitzine: an outgoing Habsburg

These words were from her sister Tatiana in the Houston Chronicle. More than her siblings, Tatiana has taken the spotlights as an outgoing and decadent Habsburg aristocrat. She's had some "messy breakups" (one self-confessed in Paper City Magazine), is a regular guest at galas with her husband Guillermo Sierra, and had their 2018 wedding photos published like any glamorous royal would.

 

(Photos: Facebook, Tatiana Sierra)

What it means to be a Habsburg

Although Maria was more down-to-earth than her sister, and most of the family tend to leave the title of 'Princess' or 'Duchess' out of their names, the Galitzine children "always knew what it meant to be royal," Tatiana told the Houston Chronicle. They were "raised with a sense of duty towards Austria and Russia," Paper City adds, and they were "taught cautious behavior. Being a Habsburg descendant means not doing anything to offend or embarrass the family name."

Maria Galitzine Singh, always remembered

Maria Galitzine Singh's sudden death was a great shock to her family. Her son Maxim will undoubtedly grow up with stories about his mother, their Habsburg roots, and the lovely home she made for him with Rishi Roop Singh.

 

(Photos from Maria Singh, Facebook, unless indicated otherwise)

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