Princess Mako, the eldest grandchild of Japan’s Emperor Akihito, has formally announced her engagement after receiving the emperor’s approval. This announcement kicks off a lengthy marriage. She will give up her royal status and marry for love. A source reports, the princess formally announced her engagement to Kei Komuro, a 25 year old graduate student who is currently working at a law firm. The couple met 5 years ago while studying at the same university.
Under Japanese law, female members of the Imperial family must lose their royal status if they marry a commoner. Princess Mako said, “I’ve been aware since my childhood that I would lose royal status once I married. While I’ve 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”.
While reporters asked about her love life, Princess Mako said, “I was first attracted to his bright smiles that seemed like the sun. It would be nice to have a warm and comfortable household with Mr. Komuro, so that we can make a family full of smiles”. At the same time, Komuro replied to the reporters by saying that Princess Mako is the one who “has been quietly watching over me like the moon” and said he wanted to “build a relaxed and peaceful household”.