- Japan’s Princess Mako formally announced her engagement with university classmate
- She announced willingness to give up royal title, had long been aware of consequences
- She also said she’s looking to live a quiet, peaceful life with fiance
JAPAN – A princess of Japan’s Imperial family has formally announced her engagement to her university classmate amid a resurgent discussion on the country’s succession laws discriminating against female royals.
In a press conference, Princess Mako said her grandfather — Emperor Akihito — had given his blessing to her engagement with tourism promoter and law firm employee Kei Komuro.
“Today, we received an approval of the Emperor to formalize our engagement, and I feel really happy,” she said.
The princess also gave snippets on how she came to know and fall for her fiancé.
“Mr. Komuro gives me warm support. I was first attracted to his smile like the sun, but as I grew to know him, I became fond of his personality, very generous and sincere, while working hard for his objectives with a strong will,” she said.
She added that she had long been accepting of the fact she would lose her royal status but was prepared for it anyway.
“I’ve been aware since my childhood that I would lose royal status once I married,” BBC quoted her as saying. “While I’ve worked to help the emperor and fulfil duties as a royal family member as much as I can, I’ve been cherishing my own life. Together with Mr. Komuro, I would like to make a warm and peaceful family that is full of smiles.”
For his part, Komuro said he is also looking forward to a life together with his princess whom he described as his “moon”.
“Princess Mako quietly looks over me like the moon. She shines brightly with her deep affection and passionate beliefs,” he said.
Under the Imperial Household law, female royals — aside from being unable to inherit the throne — lose their status upon marrying commoners.
The shrinking number of Japan’s Imperial family has reignited debate about the creation of a new law amending the restrictions on women members.
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