Japanese Princess Renounces Royal Status, Marries Common Man
Fairytale as it sounds, a young Japanese princess has found her prince charming…and he is not even a ‘prince.”
A true life story which could very easily pass for a modern-day Disney tale, Japan’s 25-year-old Princess Mako of Akishino is planning to get engaged to 25-year-old Kei Komuro.
The Imperial Household has revealed to the media that plans are underway for the 25-year-old princess, granddaughter of Emperor Akihito, to become engaged to Kei Komuro.
Komuro, who is also 25, is a law firm employee and graduate student, not a royal prince, as customarily expected.
As Princess Mako renounces her royal status in order to marry Komuro, it turns out he’s somehow, technically a prince.
Komuro, worker and graduate student once starred in a tourism campaign as “Prince of the Sea.”
Japan’s national broadcaster, NHK reports that the princess and her non-royal beau met as students at the International Christian University in Tokyo in 2012.
Japanese Princess Loses Royalty For Love
According to Japanese law, as the oldest grandchild of Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko, Princess Mako must leave the imperial family and give up her royal status.
Princess Mako is not the first royal in her lineage to have made such a move.
It turns out several women in her family before her have given up their royal ties in the name of love.
Most recently, Princess Mako’s aunt, Sayako Kuroda, had to cut ties with the family after marrying commoner Yoshiki Kuroda in 2005.
In the meantime, Komuro is yet to make a statement on the matter or make a formal proposal.
Komuro is keeping his lips sealed about popping the question.
He told reporters:
“I would like to talk about it when the time comes.”
princess Mako’s engagement won’t become official until a ceremonial exchange of gifts.
However, the news has reignited concerns about the shrinking size of the imperial family, which currently has 19 members, 14 of whom are female.
Imperial law only allows the throne to be passed to male heirs, of which there are only three: Crown Prince Naruhito, his younger brother Crown Prince Akishino, and Akishino’s son, Prince Hisahito.