On Sunday, September 3, Princess Mako of Japan, the eldest grandchild of Emperor Akihito, announced in a press conference that she renounces her royal title to marry the love of her life, who happens to be a commoner.

25-year-old Princess Mako is officially engaged to 25-year-old graduate student Kei Komuro. The two are delighted that the Emperor has agreed with their union and that their engagement was officially announced.

The couple gave a joint press statement on Sunday, during which she announced she gave up her royal title and duties to marry Komuro, who is a commoner. “I was aware since my childhood that I’ll leave a royal status once I marry”, the princess aid, adding that while fulfilling her duties to the Emperor, she has also “cherished” her own life.

The princess and her fiancé met in 2012, during college years at Tokyo’s International Christian University. He proposed to her in December 2013.

Komuro, who is working at a law firm, says that Mako “has been quietly watching over me like the moon” and dreamt of building “a relaxed and peaceful household” together.

Mako says she was first attracted by “his bright smiles that seemed like the sun” and added that she would like to have “a warm and comfortable household with Mr. Komuro, so that we can make a family full of smiles.”

Princess Mako is the eldest grandchild of Emperor Akihito, who is 83-years-old. In June of this year, the parliament of Japan has passed the law that allows the Emperor to step down and leave another heir to the throne. His eldest son Prince Naruhito, will follow to the throne.


Princess Mako and her fiance, Kei Komuro.

Princess Mako will be able to marry in 2018.