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Japan's Princess Mako Is Officially Giving Up Her Royal Role for Love

Japan's Princess Mako Is Officially Giving Up Her Royal Role for Love”

While most fairy tales have princes, this one is about a Japanese princess giving up her royal status to marry the love of her life, a commoner, and this story isn't fictional.

REUTERS/Shizuo KambayashiPrincess Mako, the elder daughter of Prince Akishino and Princess Kiko, and her fiancee Kei Komuro, a university friend of Princess Mako, smile during a press conference to announce their engagement at Akasaka East Residence in Tokyo, Japan, September 3, 2017. The only family member left in the line of royal succession is Princess Mako's younger brother, 10-year-old Hisahito of Akishin.

"First I was attracted by his bright smile", Mako said of her fiancé, law clerk Kei Komuro, during the press conference, according to The Telegraph.

With the permission of the Emperor, both Princess Mako and her fiancée were delighted to make the big announcement.

The 25-year-old first met her beau five years ago during a study-abroad program in Shibuya.

Mako will give up her royal status under a controversial Japanese law which means female royals lose their titles on marrying a commoner, while males do not. His eldest son Crown Prince Naruhito would assume the throne.

As Princess Mako leaves behind her Imperial status, she will become an ordinary citizen of Japan and will be subjected to the same rights and policies.

An official of the Imperial Household Agency said their wedding will take place after the summer of 2018.

The princess works as a museum researcher at the University of Tokyo, while Kumoro is studying business law and working in a law firm.

Komura, who is alos 25, certainly shared the same sentiments with the princess since he not only proposed to her back in 2013, but also vowed to have a "relaxed and peaceful" home with her.



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