Princess Mako to lose her royal status after marrying her long-time boyfriend

Princess Mako to lose her royal status after marrying her long-time boyfriend

Princess Mako to lose her royal status after marrying her long-time boyfriend

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

During a press conference on Sunday, Princess Mako, the eldest grandchild of Emperor Akihito, announced she will Wednesday her former university classmate Kei Komuro. They enjoyed their conversation during their university's study-abroad program. They went on frequent dates in the Minato Mirai district of Yokohama, and in Kamakura, Kanagawa Prefecture.

"We were far from each other for a long period of time, but we continued contacting each other, and deepened our relationship", Komuro said.

Komuro proposed to Princess Mako in December 2013, saying, "Let's marry in the future". However, news of the engagement - and Mako giving up her royal status - didn't make headlines until earlier this year.

Under a controversial Japanese law female imperial family members forfeit their status upon marriage to a commoner, whereas male members do not.

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Princess 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'.

"He is a honest, strong-minded, hard worker, and he has a big heart". "While I worked to help the emperor and fulfil duties as a royal family member as much as I can, I've been cherishing my own life". Princess Mako has a master's degree from the UK's University of Leicester and is now a researcher at a museum. She now works as a researcher at a museum at the University of Tokyo.

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

The 25-year-old is expected to announce her engagement to former university classmate Kei Komuro, who works at a law firm.

The official announcement of the engagement had been scheduled in early July after the Japanese media were reporting about them in mid-May, but the Imperial Household Agency chose to postpone the event due to torrential rains that were striking southwestern Japan. The announcement was originally scheduled for July, but the couple chose to postpone it in light of the torrential downpours in northern Kyushu earlier that month.

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