Kei Komuro and his future bride, Princess Mako, address a media conference in Tokyo to announce their engagement.
Kei Komuro and his future bride, Princess Mako, address a media conference in Tokyo to announce their engagement. Shizuo Kambayashi / POOL

Princess swaps title for fairytale end with man

THE eldest grandchild of Japanese Emperor Akihito, Princess Mako, will marry a former university classmate.

The princess will lose her royal status after marrying Kei Komuro, who is a commoner.

"Together with Mr Komuro, I would like to make a warm and peaceful family that is full of smiles,” Princess Mako said at a media conference in Tokyo after the Emperor officially approved their engagement on Sunday.

"I was first attracted to his bright smiles that seemed like the sun.”

Mr Komuro said Princess Mako had "been quietly watching over me like the moon”.

"I would like to have a family that is always calm and peaceful,” he added.

The 25-year-olds said their relationship, which was first reported in May, started when they met at a university campus meeting five years ago.

Princess Mako has a master's degree in art museum and gallery studies and is a researcher at a museum at the University of Tokyo.

Mr Komuro is studying business law and works at a law firm.

- staff writer



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