Published: Mon, September 04, 2017
Entertaiment | By Simon Arnold

Princess Mako, Komuro announce engagement

Princess Mako, Komuro announce engagement

Japanese Emperor Akihito's oldest grandchild, Princess Mako, 25 is giving up her royal status to marry a commoner she fell in love with.

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

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

Princess Mako said she had been preparing for the change of her rank since she was little.

Referring to the princess's achievement in fostering momentum for the Japanese tennis circle, Watanabe said, "It's regrettable that she leaves the imperial household at this time, but I wish her happiness for many years to come".

'Having a family still goes beyond my imagination, but I hope to make one that is warm, comfortable and filled with smiles, ' Princess Mako said.

Princess Mako became engaged to Kei Komuro, a lawyer, in December 2013.

The Princess graduated from university with a master's degree in art museum and gallery studies and now works as a researcher at a museum at the University of Tokyo. She now works as a researcher at a museum at the University of Tokyo.

Komuro served as a "Prince of the Sea" for the tourism promotion campaign while Kamano acted as a "Queen of the Sea".

But the celebratory mood was soured by North Korea's sixth nuclear test the same day, with Imperial Household Agency officials and the couple's acquaintances expressing displeasure that the detonation coincided with the auspicious occasion.

He now works at a law firm and is still studying business law at the Hitotsubashi University's gradual school. But due to the unfortunate torrential rain that flooded northern Kyushu that month, the royal family chose to postpone the announcement.

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.

"I was aware since my childhood that I'll leave a royal status once I marry", she said at a student talk in Shibuya, Tokyo.

In 2016, 83-year-old Emperor Akihito announced publicly that poor health following heart surgery and prostate cancer had made him unfit to properly fulfill his duties as emperor of the country.

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

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