Japanese Princess Revokes Her Title to Marry Commoner

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A Japanese princess has renounced her title in honor of love.

Princess Mako, the niece of Emperor Naruhito, married her college sweetheart, Kei Komuro, on Tuesday and gave up her royal title in the process.

As per a report in the BBC, Japanese law states that female imperial family members must “forfeit their status upon marriage to a ‘commoner,’” although male members do not have to do the same.

She also turned down “a payment offered to royal females upon their departure from the family” and the right to a royal wedding, becoming the first female member of the royal family to decline both.

In a statement to the press this week, the former princess apologized for “the inconvenience” she’s caused by renouncing her title.

"I am very sorry for the inconvenience caused and I am grateful for those … who have continued to support me. For me, Kei is irreplaceable — marriage was a necessary choice for us,” she said.

For his part, the former princess’ new husband said: "I love Mako. We only get one life, and I want us to spend it with the one we love. I feel very sad that Mako has been in a bad condition, mentally and physically, because of the false accusations."

The couple, who first announced their plans to marry in September 2017, met as students while on study-abroad at the International Christian University in Tokyo and have been engaged since December 2013. They’ve had a long-distance relationship while Mako studied for her master's degree at England's Leicester University, which she completed in 2016, reports People.

Komuro recently graduated from Fordham Law in New York and currently works for law firm Lowenstein Sandler LLP. 

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