Princess Leaves Royalty Behind To Marry A Common Man

Tammy Harvey
September 5, 2017

However, the legislation only applies to Akihito and does not mention what happens to women in the imperial family after they are married.

Mako and fiance Kei Komuro, both 25, said at a news conference that their relationship started when the princess sat behind him at a campus meeting five years ago at Tokyo's International Christian University, where they graduated. "I was aware since my childhood that I'll leave a royal status once I marry", she said, adding that she felt "really happy" with her engagement.

The two 25-year-olds have been engaged since 2013, though the public didn't know about it until this year.

At a press conference, Princess Mako said that she was first attracted to Kei Komuro's smile which she says was "like the sun".


Komuro maintained the heavenly love theme by saying Mako was a person who "watches over him calmly like the moon". However, the formal announcement of Princess Mako's engagement is expected to reignite discussion of the matter-if only to prevent the end of the imperial line.

"Both of us had an understanding that we should date someone we might one day marry", said Mako, the oldest of Emperor Akihito's four grandchildren. They announcement was originally planned for July, but they made a decision to postpone it following the heavy rains and flooding in northern Kyushu that month.

Women aren't allowed to succeed Japan's throne and Mako will lose her royal status after marrying Komuro, who is a commoner.

According to NHK, the wedding between the Princess and Komuro is expected to take place next year. This was the first time a Japanese royal became a commoner. During the program, Komuro went to the University of California in Los Angeles, while Princess Mako studied at the University of Edinburgh. This matrimony will make her lose a lot of privileges as a member of the Japanese Imperial Family. Both of them was in a long distance relationship while studying overseas, Mako in Britain and Komuro in the USA for one year. Her younger brother, Prince Hisahito, is the third in line to the throne after their uncle, Naruhito, Crown Prince of Japan, and their father.

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