Princess Leaves Royalty Behind To Marry A Common Man

Princess Mako the elder daughter of Prince Akishino and Princess Kiko will forsake her royalty to marry fiancé Kei Komuro a commoner she met at International Christian University in Tokyo

Princess Mako the elder daughter of Prince Akishino and Princess Kiko will forsake her royalty to marry fiancé Kei Komuro a commoner she met at International Christian University in Tokyo

Princess Mako - Japanese Emperor Akihito's oldest grandchild - said classmate Kei Komuro had won her heart with his "bright smiles and sincerity".

Komuro said they kept in touch even though they were physically far from each other.

Speaking at a press conference Princess Mako said that what attracted her to Komuro was "his bright smiles like the sun".

However while it may be joyous news for the young princess and her love, it means that she will no longer be considered a member of the royal family after walking down the aisle. Since then she has attended official events as a member of the royal family, visiting victims of the 2011 Tohoku quake and tsunami.

Over time, she said she learned he is 'a honest, strong-minded, hard worker, and he has a big heart, ' Mako said.

On this, Princess Mako said, "From my childhood, I have spent my life, bearing in mind that when I get married, I would lose my Imperial Family member status".

According to the couple, Komuro proposed after dinner one evening in December 2013.

The princess works as a researcher at a Tokyo museum, while Komuro, a resident of Yokohama city, south of the capital, is a legal assistant and undertaking a Master's degree in business law. She now works as a researcher at a museum at the University of Tokyo.

The official announcement was made in a news conference on Sunday by the Imperial Household Agency.

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Although Komuro, 25, is not a royal, he was once dubbed the "Prince of the Sea".

The announcement was originally expected in July, but was postponed after a rain disaster hit western Japan.

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

While the couple have officially announced their relationship, their engagement will become official only after a traditional rite of betrothal called Nosai no Gi takes place, Japan Times reports.

Mako has since introduced him to her parents, Prince Akishino, second in line to the Chrysanthemum throne, and Princess Kiko, as someone she wished to 'share her future with'.

Komuro and Mako will have to go through several more rites until the wedding, which will be 2018, the same year as her grandfather will relinquish the throne.

We can't wait for a royal wedding, and we expect Her Imperial Highness Princess Mako of Akishino will be breaking down some royal barriers as she makes her way down the aisle.

Mako, 25, is the eldest daughter of Prince Akishino, Akihito's second son.

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