A real-life Princess is getting married to a commoner after a secret romance. According to stunning news just released on May 17, Japan's Princess Mako will give up her royal status to marry her prince charming. How did they meet? How long have they dated? Find out more about the cute couple.

The very popular Princess Mako, known for her poise and grace, is officially titled as Her Imperial Highness Princess Mako of Akishino. She is the granddaughter of the Japanese Emperor Akihito, and her father is the Emperor's second son, Fumihito, Prince Akishino, and her mother is Kiko, Princess Akishino. 

On Wednesday, May 17, the world learned that the 25-year-old princess plans to marry her boyfriend, Kei Komuro, and a wave of curiosity has risen about the commoner who won the princess' heart and the couple's secret courtship. Furthermore, the princess will give up her imperial status when she marries her commoner prince charming.

Kei Komuro, 25, now works for a law firm in Tokyo while studying at the Hitotsubashi University’s Graduate School of International Corporate Strategy, majoring in business law.

But at the age of 18, he was chosen as a "Prince of the Sea" to promote tourism at Fujisawa, Kanagawa Prefecture. His co-worker was quoted in news report to say that “He was like a prince. He was studying hard about Fujisawa so he could promote the city. Since he was fluent in English, he would actively talk with foreign people.” The commoner prince enjoys playing the violin, cooking, and skiing.

(The Prince of the Sea is the one on the left in this 2010 photo.)

On Wednesday, May 17, when a throng of reporters pressed him for comments upon the engagement news, Kei Komuro talked only briefly. Aside from saying he will speak about the engagement when the "time is right," he revealed only a brief glimpse into his relationship with the princess, saying “This morning, I said to (Princess Mako) over the phone, ‘I’m off now,’ and she said, ‘Talk to you later.’ “

Kei Komuro met the princess in 2012 through a friend. They were both students at the International Christian University in Tokyo. He actually proposed a year after they started dating. Their union has now been approved by the imperial family, and the official engagement will be announced in June, with the wedding set for 2018.

Princess Mako's loss of imperial status when she marries a commoner is raising the question again about female succession rights to the Chrysanthemum throne. Emperor Akihito, 83, expressed the wish last year to abdicate, and the Japanese legislature is currently in the process of passing a special law to allow the abdication. If succession rules were different, the first-born grandchild and well-educated Princess Mako would have been in line to inherit the throne. Her 10-year-old brother, Prince Hisahito, is the third in line after his uncle, Naruhito and his father, Fumihito.  

Nevertheless, the lovely Princess Mako has chosen love over royalty.

Congratulations to the newly engaged couple!


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