Royal Status Left: Princess Mako to marry her former classmate

Twenty five-year-old Princess Mako, who is the eldest child of Prince Fumihito, made this announcement along with her fiancé, Kei Komuro, in a live presser on television on Sunday.

Komuro said they kept in touch even though they were physically far from each other.

Despite the union being accepted by her parents, under the Imperial House Law, princesses are obliged to leave the royal family should they choose to marry a commoner. This matrimony will make her lose a lot of privileges as a member of the Japanese Imperial Family.

Over time, Princess Mako said she learned he is "a honest, strong-minded, hard worker, and he has a big heart". "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".

Asked about the proposal, Komuro said, "I said to her, "Let's get married" in December 2013".

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Mako graduated from ICU in 2014 with a Bachelor's degree in Art and Cultural Heritage.

The agency, which initially planned to disclose to the public the couple's informal engagement in autumn this year or later, moved up the schedule to July 8, following a flurry of media reports that preparations were under way for the engagement of Princess Mako and Komuro.

Following the wedding, Princess Mako is expected to continue her job as a researcher at a museum at the University of Tokyo.

Komuro served as a "Prince of the Sea" for the tourism promotion campaign while Kamano acted as a "Queen of the Sea".

Princess Mako came of age in 2011 and was assumed her official title of Grand Cordon of the Order of the Precious Crown. The announcement was originally scheduled for July, but the couple chose to postpone it in light of the torrential downpours in northern Kyushu earlier that month.

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The 25-year-old is expected to announce her engagement to former university classmate Kei Komuro, who works at a law firm.

Princess Mako has since introduced him to her parents, Prince Akishino, second in line to the Chrysanthemum throne, and Princess Kiko, as someone she wished to 'share her future with'.

Komuro and Mako will have to go through several more rites until the wedding, which will be 2018, the same year as her grandfather will relinquish the throne.

Mako, 25, is the eldest daughter of Prince Akishino, Akihito's second son.

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