Princess Mako, the eldest granddaughter of Emperor Akihito of Japan, is set to lose her royal status in the name of love.
Sounds like a plot twist in your favorite Asianovela series, right? But, in this case, it’s for real!
The 25-year-old Japanese princess is reportedly about to get engaged to a commoner, her longtime boyfriend Kei Komuro.
The couple met five years ago, when they were both studying at International Christian University in Tokyo.
According to Japanese media reports, Komuro proposed to Princess Mako as early as the first year into their relationship.
But the couple are expected to officially get engaged next month with a wedding date set in 2018.
News of their yet-to-be-official engagement sparked talks that the Japanese princess is ready to give up her royal title.
As it happened, Japan’s imperial law requires female members of the royal family to leave the royal household upon marriage to a commoner.
This further stirred talks about the declining number of royal family members, which currently has 19 members, including Emperor Akihito.
At the same time, the news of Princess Mako’s unofficial betrothal came amidst the expected abdication of the 83-year-old emperor, whose eldest son Crown Prince Naruhito is next in line to the throne.
Princess Mako’s father Prince Akishino is second in line to the throne.
Nonetheless, Japanese media reports also cited sources claiming that Emperor Akihito, as well as Princess Mako's parents, approves of the young couple's engagement.
MORE ABOUT PRINCESS MAKO AND HER BEAU. Princess Mako's boyfriend Komuro is best known for being tagged as the “Prince of The Sea.”
Back in 2010, he became a tourism ambassador promoting the beaches in Fujisawa, Kanagawa Prefecture.
His bio at that time reportedly stated that he is an ocean lover who can play the violin, cook, and ski.
To date, he works as a legal assistant in a Tokyo law firm and is also taking a master’s degree at Hitotsubashi University’s Graduate School of International Corporate Strategy, majoring in corporate law.
Princess Mako, for her part, finished bachelor’s degree in arts and cultural heritage at the International Christian University in Tokyo.
Last January 2016, she obtained a master’s degree in art museum and gallery studies at the University of Leicester in England.
Princess Mako currently works as an affiliate researcher at the University Museum of the University of Tokyo.