Published: Mon, September 04, 2017
Entertaiment | By Minnie Bishop

Princess Leaves Royalty Behind To Marry A Common Man

Princess Leaves Royalty Behind To Marry A Common Man

The Imperial Household Agency announced on Sunday the informal engagement of Princess Mako, the first grandchild of the Emperor and Empress, to former university classmate and commoner Kei Komuro.

Japan's #Princess Mako officially announced her engagement.

"I convey congratulations from the bottom of my heart". However, for many, this isn't good news, as the Princess is said to marry a commoner.

The prime minister originally planned to speak before the press on the engagement but he chose to issue the statement given the nuclear test. "I'm awfully sorry that it put a damper".

'First I was attracted by his bright smiles like the sun, ' Mako said, smiling shyly.

"This is such a happy occasion so I wish (the North Korean nuclear test) did not happen the same day", said Sato, who is now deputy head of Komuro's alma mater. Mako expressed sympathy for the victims at the news conference.

Prince Akishino and Princess Kiko said in a statement that they look forward to the wedding of Princess Mako and Komuro.

Princess Mako came of age in 2011 and was assumed her official title of Grand Cordon of the Order of the Precious Crown.

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Sasaki said he was encouraged by the princess as she told him, "Please treasure your saved life", at an evacuation center.

"Together with Mr. Komuro, I would like to make a warm and peaceful family that is full of smiles", she added. "I want her to visit Iwaizumi with her family next time".

"He is a honest, strong-minded, hard worker, and he has a big heart".

Then Mr Komuro, a legal assistant who loves playing jazz piano, proposed to her after dinner in December 2013. He is said to be very photogenic and once won a tourism promotion contest to win the honour of "Prince of the Sea".

House of Representatives Speaker Tadamori Oshima said, "I wish the couple with great wisdom and rich worldwide awareness will build and live in a happy family forever".

The princess said that she will marry Kei Komuro, who was a classmate of hers at Tokyo's International Christian University.

The marriage could also reopen debate on the law that has been governing the royal household since 1947 that doesn't recognise the so-called collateral institutional branches, resulting in women who marry out of royalty to lose their royal status.

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