After a 4-year-long engagement, Princess Mako of Akishino, the niece of Emperor Naruhito has finally married her college sweetheart Kei Komuro, a ‘commoner’.
Under Japanese law, female members of the royal family forfeit their ‘Royal’ status upon their marriage with an outsider, whereas the male members do not.
Princess Mako further skipped the rites of an imperial wedding and turned down the payment offered to royal females upon their departure from the family, making her the first member of the family to do so.
The princess’ departure from the throne will now leave only seventeen members in the Royal family with just three immediate heirs to the throne.
The newly-married couple will move to the United States, where Komuro will resume his work as a lawyer. The move has drawn comparisons to that of British Royals Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, earning the couple the nick name ‘Japan’s Harry and Meghan’.
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