Japanese princess set to lose royal status after falling in love . . .

By Nici De Wet
19 May 2017

If Japan's Princess Mako goes ahead marries her 'commoner' beau, she'll lose her title.

Gasp! Japan's Princess Mako is set to lose her title by marrying a commoner. The 25-year-old eldest granddaughter of Emperor Akihito (and the eldest child of his son, Prince Akishino) has fallen for handsome law firm worker Kei Komoru (25), a former beach tourism worker who once starred in a campaign for the city of Fujisawa as "Prince of the Sea".

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The two - who met in 2012 when they were both studying at the International Christian University in Tokyo - are currently planning to get engaged.

The Imperial Household told local media the engagement will only become official after a ceremonial exchange of gifts. The wedding is said to only take place next year.

According to Japan's imperial law, once a member of the royal family marries a commoner he or she must leave the royal family and give up their title.

This isn't the first time this has happened. Princess Mako's aunt Princess Sayako married a commoner in 2005 - the first time a Japanese royal became a commoner. She tied the knot with an urban planner for the Tokyo city government, and had to move into a one-bedroom apartment, learn how to drive, shop in a supermarket and buy furniture.

Sources: The Guardian, BBC

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