Princess Mako of Japan will leave royal family to marry university boyfriend

Japan princess announces engagement with commoner

Princess Mako's 83-year-old grandfather, Emperor Akihito, is expected to abdicate next year - Japan's first abdication in two centuries.

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

Japanese Emperor Akihito's oldest granddaughter, Princess Mako, will soon become a commoner following her decision to marry a former classmate with no blood connection to the island nation's royal family. The 25-year-old princess and Komuro attend the 10-minute press conference held at an imperial residence on the grounds of Tokyo's Akasaka Estate.

Princess Mako of Akishino has officially announced that she will be abandoning her royal status to marry for love.

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

Princess Mako and Komuro Kei at a press conference in Tokyo on September 3, 2017.

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Sacrificing her royal status just for love, Japan's Princess Mako has publicly declared her engagement to a common man.

Also Read: Who is Kei Komuro, Princess Mako's fiance? . However, the formal announcement of Princess Mako's engagement is expected to reignite discussion of the matter-if only to prevent the end of the imperial line.

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. In return, Komuro replied that the princess has been watching over him "like the moon".

The two met during their freshman year and became close in 2012 when they took part in an orientation session for study overseas programs. But due to the unfortunate torrential rain that flooded northern Kyushu that month, the royal family chose to postpone the announcement.

Komuro, the young perspective lawyer, added he sincerely recognizes that grave responsibility that he bears - the marriage with the princess is the great honour and privilege.

Under existing Imperial Household Law, only males may inherit the throne. His eldest son Crown Prince Naruhito would assume the throne.

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