Japanese Princess ‘Gives Up Royal Status to Marry Commoner’

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In a real-life story that could pass for a modern Disney tale, Japan’s 25-year-old Princess Mako of of Akishino is planning to get engaged to 25-year-old Kei Komuro, a law firm employee and graduate student.

While she may be renouncing her royal status in order to marry Komuro, he’s still a prince—by some commercial standards.

According to CNN, Komuro once starred in a tourism campaign as “Prince of the Sea.”

As Japan’s national broadcaster NHK reported, the princess and her non-royal beau met as students at the International Christian University in Tokyo five years ago. As the oldest grandchild of Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko, Princess Mako must leave the imperial family and give up her royal status per Japanese law.

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