Princess gives up royal title for love

Monday, 04 September 2017, 07:55:59 AM. JAPANESE Emperor Akihito’s oldest grandchild, Princess Mako, is getting married to a university classmate who won her heart with bright smiles and sincerity.
Princess Mako, the eldest daughter of Prince Akishino and Princess Kiko, and her fiancee Kei Komuro, take part in a press conference to announce their engagement. Picture: AFP Mako and fiance Kei Komuro, both 25, announced at a news conference that their relationship started when the princess sat behind him at a campus meeting five years ago at Tokyo’s International Christian University, where they graduated. The happy news is not necessarily good news for the future of a royal family facing concerns about a declining population to keep their 2,000-year-old bloodline going. Women aren’t allowed to succeed Japan’s throne. Mako will lose her royal status after marrying Komuro, who is a commoner. “First I was attracted by his bright smiles like the sun,” Mako said, smiling shyly. They talked for the first time at the event for students ahead of a study-abroad program, and then started dating. Over time, she said she learned he is “a sincere, strong-minded, hard worker, and he has a big heart,” Mako said. Princess Mako, the eldest daughter of Prince Akishino and Princess Kiko, and her fiancee Kei Komuro. Picture: AFPSource:AFP The couple had a long-distance relationship while studying overseas — Mako in Britain and Komuro in the U.S. — for one year. Then Komuro proposed to her after dinner in December 2013. 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...Read more
Share this

You might also like

Similar