Japan's Princess Mako announces she'll marry a commoner

Japanese princess gives up her royal status to marry a piano-loving commoner she fell for because of his 'bright smiles like the sun'

The Princess revealed that she met Komuro in a University in Tokyo during her freshman year.

The princess formally announced her engagement to Kei Komuro, a 25-year-old graduate student who is now working at a law firm, during a press conference in Tokyo, the Japan Times reports.

Princess Mako finally announced that she will abandon her royal status for love as she also confirmed her engagement to her longtime boyfriend who has no royal descent.

Those who are concerned about the future of the royal family want to allow women to succeed the throne and others to keep their royal status so they can keep performing public duties, but a government panel on the emperor's abdication avoided the divisive issue.

Princess Mako said Komuro "warmly encourages me", adding, "At the beginning, I was impressed by his shining smile like the sun".

He described Mako as someone who quietly watches over him "like the moon". However, the formal announcement of Princess Mako's engagement is expected to reignite discussion of the matter-if only to prevent the end of the imperial line.

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Kei Komuro actually proposed to the Princess in 2013 and now she has spoken about their love for the first time.

Princess Mako of Akishino is the eldest granddaughter of Emperor Akihito from his second son, Prince Akishino.

The couple is expected to tie the knot in the same year Emperor Akihito will relinquish the throne. 5-year-old announced her engagement News.

The couple had a long-distance relationship while studying overseas - Princess Mako in Britain and Mr Komuro in the USA - for one year.

Under a controversial Japanese law female imperial family members forfeit their status upon marriage to a commoner, whereas male members do not.

Mako and Komuro graduated from International Christian University. The groom to the pricess will be 25-year-old Kei Komuro, a law firm employee. The relinquishment will most likely take place in December 2018, Japan Today reports. The other three are her younger sister, Kako, her brother, Hisahito, and Crown Prince Naruhito's daughter, Aiko.

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