Japanese princess to lose royal status after marrying commoner

Japanese princess to lose royal status after marrying commoner

Japanese princess to lose royal status after marrying commoner

Yamamoto Shin'ichirō, grand steward of the agency, made the announcement at a press conference following a saika procedure earlier in the day, in which the Emperor approved the coming marriage of Princess Mako and Komuro, both 25.

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

The princess formally announced her engagement to Kei Komuro, a 25-year-old graduate student who is now working at a law firm, during a press conference in Tokyo, the Japan Times reports.

"I was first attracted to his bright smiles that seemed like the sun".

"I've been aware since my childhood that I would lose royal status once I married", Princess Mako said.

"Together with Mr. Komuro, I would like to make a warm and peaceful family that is full of smiles", she added.

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Princess Mako and Komuro said they have dated for around five years since speaking to each other for the first time at a 2012 explanatory meeting for those planning to study overseas. Of his dreams and aspirations, Komuro said, "Right now, it is important to take on the challenges of work and study in front of me".

The princess said she and Komuro call each other by their first names although she shyly declined to give "a live presentation".

Kei Komuro, Princess Mako's fiance, described her as someone who quietly watches over him "like the moon".

Future couples have known each other and been in touch for last five years.

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 news was initially expected in July, but was postponed after a rain disaster in western Japan. The law does not apply to male members of the royal family.

Japan's Princess Mako got engaged to a commoner on Sunday. Her younger brother, Prince Hisahito, is the third in line to the throne after their uncle, Naruhito, Crown Prince of Japan, and their father.

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