Real true love over royalty. Princess Mako of Japan, who made headlines in May for giving up her royal status to marry a commoner, will soon officially announce her engagement to Kei Komuro.
The Imperial Household announced this week that the couple, both ages 25, will formally announce their wedding plans on September 3. The two will make a joint appearance and then, Japan’s Emperor Akihito will then approve the union.
Both have yet to speak out about their future nuptials, but Komoru said in May, “When the right time comes, I’d like to talk about it.”
The princess, the oldest granddaughter of the Emperor, first met Komuro while studying at the International Christian University in Tokyo. The couple dated for five years before quietly getting engaged this summer.
The marriage means, however, that the princess will need to relinquish her royal title—Princess Mako of Akishino—to marry Komuro, a law clerk who is considered a “commoner.” While Komuro isn’t royalty in bloodline, he does have somewhat of a connection; He once starred in a tourism campaign for the coastal city of Fujisawa as the “Prince of the Sea.”