Japanese princess confirms she will give up royal title for love

Peter Castro
September 4, 2017

The princess said that she will marry Kei Komuro, who was a classmate of hers at Tokyo's International Christian University.

Announcing her engagement, Princes said that she felt "really happy" despite losing the royal status for Komuro, whose smile what she described look "like the sun".

They happened to sit nearby at a briefing session on the university's student exchange program, and subsequently began dating. As she is a female, she will lose royal status as the law does not apply to royal males.

The Imperial Household Agency first said there were plans underway for the couple's engagement.

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But women are not allowed to succeed Japan's throne, meaning Princess Mako will lose her royal status once she weds 25-year-old Mr Komuro, who is a commoner.

Messages of congratulations poured in after the engagement of Princess Mako, the eldest granddaughter of Emperor Akihito, to her boyfriend from university days was announced Sunday.

We can't wait for a royal wedding, and we expect Her Imperial Highness Princess Mako of Akishino will be breaking down some royal barriers as she makes her way down the aisle.

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She also said her love is "a honest, strong-minded, hard worker, and he has a big heart".

Komuro added that he was thankful and happy to have been accepted by her parents, Prince Akishino and Princess Kiko, and her grandparents, Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko.

Following the wedding, Princess Mako is expected to continue her job as a researcher at a museum at the University of Tokyo.

The couple had a long-distance relationship while studying overseas - Mako in Britain and Komuro in the United States - for one year. But official sources have confirmed that it delayed after a rain disaster hit western Japan.

Emperor Akihito, 83, is planning on retiring from the royal throne in 2018.

While the couple have officially announced their relationship, their engagement will become official only after a traditional rite of betrothal called Nosai no Gi takes place, Japan Times reports.

Mako says she has since introduced him to her parents, Prince Akishino - second in line to the Chrysanthemum throne - and Princess Kiko, as someone she wished to "share her future with". He'll be succeeded by his eldest son, Crown Prince Naruhito.

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