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Japan Princess To Lose Royal Status When She Marries Her Commoner Boyfriend

  • Japan’s princess marries commoner boyfriend, loses royal status
  • Princess Mako is ready to leave royalty family to follow her heart

No. If you’re thinking that the family disowns the princess, it’s not the case.

True tale of love

Japan’s Princess Mako, 25, is ready to lose her royal status just to marry her commoner boyfriend, Kei Komuro. The two announced their engagement recently and the marriage will cost the princess her royal status based on a law that ‘highlights the male-dominated nature of Japan’s monarchy’.

Seriously, look at how Kei sets his gaze to her one true love! | Photo by THE ASAHI SHIMBUN VIA GETTY IMAGES

At a televised press conference to formally announce the engagement, she told that she is truly happy with her decision.

“I was aware since my childhood that I’ll leave a royal status once I marry,” she said.

She also said that she had worked very hard to help the Emperor, her father, and fulfill her duties as a royalty. “I’ve been cherishing my own life,” she added.

Man of her dreams

Photo by Toru Hanai

Meanwhile, her fiancé Kei Komuro, 25, is an employee at a law firm. Being a sweet guy that he is, he sees Mako as someone who quietly looks after him ‘like the moon’. On the other hand, the princess describes Kei’s smile ‘like the sun’. This is the point where we wiggle out of kilig!

Their main plan was to announce the engagement on July, but they postponed it because heavy rains and flooding hit the southern region. But their marriage will take place in the summer of 2018.

Japan’s Emperor Akihito, Mako’s grandfather, is indeed very happy with his granddaughter’s decision | Photo by EUGENE HOSHIKO

[The law that would remove Mako’s royal status after she legally marries Kei does not apply to male royals. An ongoing debate as to how can this law can be upheld.]

Written by Denis Santos

A Journalism student who considers nature as his second home. Likes to travel on a budget, and believes tofu and nuggets come hand in hand.

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