Fairytale romance: Japanese princess gives up her royal status to marry commoner

Fairytale romance: Japanese princess gives up her royal status to marry commoner

Fairytale romance: Japanese princess gives up her royal status to marry commoner

Japan's Princess Mako and her fiancé - a commoner - announced their engagement yesterday, a match which will cost the princess her royal status according to a law that highlights the male-dominated nature of Japan's monarchy.

Under Japanese law, female members of the Imperial family must relinquish their royal status if they marry a commoner.

Princess Mako, the eldest granddaughter of Japanese Emperor Akihito, will Wednesday a former classmate, the Imperial Household said on Sunday, confirming a marriage that will further deplete the royal family since she must become a commoner. "I was first attracted to his bright smiles that seemed like the sun", she said.

"I hope I can create a warm and comfortable family that is filled with smiles", Princess Mako said.

Besides working at a law firm in Tokyo, Komuro is also studying business law at Hitotsubashi University's Graduate School of International Corporate Strategy. Princess Mako has a master's degree from the UK's University of Leicester and is now a researcher at a museum.

The decision means the princess will have to give up her royal title when they tie the knot.

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The news of their engagement was reported in May by the Japan Times and later confirmed by the Imperial Household Agency. They both are 25 years old.

He described Mako as someone who quietly watches over him "like the moon".

Princess Mako has since introduced him to her parents, Fumihito (Prince Akishino), the second-in-line to the Chrysanthem Throne, and Kiko (Princess Akishino), as someone she wished to "share her future with". The relinquishment will most likely take place in December 2018, Japan Today reports.

Mako's marriage will further shrink Japan's Imperial family, an aged and dwindling institution heading towards a huge generational gap.

The announcement was originally expected in July, but was not made due to a rain disaster in the country. In this ceremony, Komuro's messenger will announce the wedding date.

Prince Hisahito is now third in line to the throne after his uncle, Crown Prince Naruhito, and his father Prince Akishino.

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