Japan’s Princess Mako Will Marry a Commoner and Relinquish Her Royal Status

Princess MakoPrincess Mako, the granddaughter of Emperor Akihito will marry Kei Komuro, a commoner, and give up her royal status as a result. (Photo by The Asahi Shimbun via Getty Images)

All in the name of love. Princess Mako of Japan is set to marry a commoner named Kei Komuro, resulting in the young royal soon relinquishing her status as part of the Imperial Household.

According to CNN, the princess—one of the granddaughters of Japanese Emperor Akihito and the daughter of Prince Akishino—has found her future husband in a graduate student who currently is pursuing a future in law.

The 25-year-old bride-to-be first met Komuro five years ago at a study-abroad program event in Tokyo. The two found a common bond as students at the International Christian University.

While Komuro doesn’t directly hail from a royal lineage, he once starred in a tourism campaign as the “Prince of the Sea” for the coastal city of Fujisawa. Technically that counts, right?

Komuro addressed the buzz on Wednesday, telling the Associated Press and other reporters: “When the right time comes, I’d like to talk about it.”

The timeline will look something like this: First, the couple will give a public announcement, which is expected to be released by next month. Then, they will set a wedding date. Finally, as customary with any royal marital tradition, the princess will seek to receive the approval of her grandparents, the emperor, 83, and the empress.

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Esther Lee
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