Ah love. Princess Mako, the eldest grandchild of Japan’s Emperor Akihito, officially confirmed over the weekend that she will give up her royal status to marry the man of her dreams, a commoner, 25 year-old cutie-patootie Kei Komuro. The couple met as students in 2012 at Tokyo’s International Christian University.
Under Japanese law, female members of the Imperial family must relinquish their royal status if they marry a commoner.
“I was aware since my childhood that I’ll leave a royal status once I marry,” Princess Mako told reporters at a press conference in Tokyo. “While I 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.”
Komuro told reporters that he proposed in December 2013, though reports that they were planning to announce their engagement first surfaced in May.
“I was first attracted to his bright smiles that seemed like the sun,” the princess said. “It would be nice to have a warm and comfortable household with Mr. Komuro, so that we can make a family full of smiles.”
Komuro described Princess Mako as someone
“who has been quietly watching over me like the moon,” and said he wanted to “build a relaxed and peaceful household.”
I’m not crying. Shut up. YOU’RE the one crying.
The 83-year-old emperor has officially approved their engagement, kicking off a lengthy engagement process before the wedding can take place, probably in 2018.
Watch the press conference below.
(The top photo is a screen grab; via Time)
#New Princess Mako (Emperor Akihito’s eldest granddaughter) and her fiance Kei Komuro, during a press conference to announce their engagement (3rd September)💍💙 . Japan’s Princess Mako and her fiancé (a commoner) announced their engagement, a match which will cost the princess her royal status according to a law that highlights the male-dominated nature of Japan’s monarchy🇯🇵 #japanimperialfamily #japaneseimperialfamily #princessmako #royalcouple #engagementring #instaroyals #royalnews