Japanese Princess gives up royal status to marry

05 September, 2017, 21:22 | Author: Franklin Nunez
  • Princess Mako the elder daughter of Prince Akishino and Princess Kiko will forsake her royalty to marry fianc√©¬†Kei Komuro a commoner she met at International Christian University in Tokyo

"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.

Princess Mako's sacrifice for love has reignited a national debate in Japan about whether women should be allowed to retain Imperial status after marriage and rise to the throne.

Princess Mako from the royal family of Japanese Emperor Akihito's announced on Sunday that she is getting married to a university classmate who won her heart with bright smiles and sincerity.

In a press conference on Sunday, she said she was first attracted to Kei Komuro's "smile like the sun".

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The Imperial Household said that Komuro was a student at the International Christian University in Tokyo, which Princess Mako also attended.

Their slow-burning relationship gave her time to learn that Komuro is 'a honest, strong-minded, hard worker, and he has a big heart, ' Mako said. Komuro replied Princess Mako "has been quietly watching over me like the moon".

The official announcement of the engagement had been scheduled in early July after the Japanese media were reporting about them in mid-May, but the Imperial Household Agency made a decision to postpone the event due to torrential rains that were striking southwestern Japan.

Komuro proposed to her after dinner in 2013 - this really has been a long-ass engagement.

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Their wedding is expected to take place sometime in 2018.

At the request of her parents Prince Akishino and Princess Kiko, who supported Princess Mako's relationship with Komuro, bodyguards from the Imperial Guard that must accompany the princess when she goes out tried to blend into the crowd while performing their duty. The law does not apply to male members of the royal family. This matrimony will make her lose a lot of privileges as a member of the Japanese Imperial Family. Yet Crown Prince Naruhito has no sons, meaning that the succession would pass on to his younger brother Akishino, Princess Mako's father.

When the princess, in a fetching mint green dress, was asked about what her fiance means to her, she described Komuro as a person who warmly encourages her.

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