Princess Mako, fiance all smiles as engagement is finally official

04 September, 2017, 06:52 | Author: Pamela Mathis
  • Japan princess announces engagement with commoner

Mako told that she was aware since childhood that she will leave royal status once she will get married.

Princess Mako, the eldest of the three children of Prince Akishino and Princess Kiko, and Komuro met five years ago when they were students at International Christian University in Tokyo. They went on frequent dates in the Minato Mirai district of Yokohama, and in Kamakura, Kanagawa Prefecture.

Japan's Princess Mako has formally announced her engagement to a commoner after receiving the emperor's approval.

Their wedding is likely to take place in 2018, the same year the Emperor is expected to abdicate the throne. The princess studied at a graduate school in Britain from September 2014.

Mako is a part-time researcher at the University of Tokyo's University Museum.

However, under the Japanese "Imperial House Law" she will become a commoner when she ties the knot as it's only believed that royal blood runs in the male line of succession.

A Japanese princess has confirmed she will marry her "commoner" boyfriend, thereby relinquishing her status as a member of the royal family.

Princess Mako is set to lose royal status according to law in Japan's monarchy which underlines male-dominated nature.

The 25-year-old is expected to announce her engagement to former university classmate Kei Komuro, who works at a law firm. His eldest son, Crown Prince Naruhito, will succeed him. The Emperor was quoted as saying, "It's good because the weather is fine today".

Princess Mako and Kei Komuro addressed the press together for the first time on Sunday.

The agency, which initially planned to disclose to the public the couple's informal engagement in autumn this year or later, moved up the schedule to July 8, following a flurry of media reports that preparations were under way for the engagement of Princess Mako and Komuro. They announcement was originally planned for July, but they chose to postpone it following the heavy rains and flooding in northern Kyushu that month.

Komuro said he was so thankful and happy to have been accepted by her parents, and her grandparents, Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko.

According to The Japanese Times, The Japanese Imperial royal family now has 18 male members, but only one of them, Princess Mako's brother, 10-year-old Prince Hisahito, is under the age of 50.



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