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Japanese princess gave up the crown to marry a commoner
Mako, princess of the imperial throne of Japan, married a 29-year-old lawyer on Tuesday, leaving aside her noble title and a juicy amount of money.
The British royalty is not the only one that monopolizes the main news headlines, from time to time royal members of other crowns attract the attention of the public opinion, such is the case of Princess Mako of Japan, who decided to renounce her title to marry her commoner boyfriend.
The 30-year-old princess was in a relationship with lawyer Kei Komuro, 29, who became her partner in 2012 while they were in college.
In 2017, they had officially announced their engagement, when it first caught the attention of the media, which reviewed the financial problems of the princess's boyfriend.
They had planned to get married in 2018, however, due to strong rumors of the financial difficulties of the Komuro family, they were forced to suspend it. Despite this, the relationship continued, and that was how they finally agreed on Tuesday, October 26 of this year.
The wedding, held this Tuesday, was quite discreet. The bride and groom showed up at the city's civil registry at 10 in the morning without the splendor that characterizes royal weddings.
Before entering the registry, the couple offered statements to the press. There, the former Princess Mako said she felt the problems caused by making the decision to marry a person outside of royalty, while thanking everyone for their support, and stressed that the love she feels for Komuro "is irreplaceable and the wedding it was the necessary choice for both. "
Various international media indicate that the couple will move to the United States, since Komuro works in that country as a lawyer.
They faced the law
Consuming Japanese love has not been easy for this princess and her commoner, since according to the law of the Japanese country, the women of the imperial family lose their title when marrying people who are not members of royalty, which they do not it happens if it were the case of a man.
But this did not matter to the young Mako, who went ahead with her wedding plans, rejecting the payment that is given to royal women when they make these decisions and the ceremonial rites of the royal family.
Mako is said to be the first woman in the imperial family, after the war, to renounce these two customs.
On the other hand, the brand-new boyfriend has not escaped the eye of the hurricane, since both the media and the followers of royalty have made strong criticism of him, such as wearing a ponytail in public, qualifying his action as something improper.
In the face of all the criticism, and widespread media coverage, Princess Mako has suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder, the imperial news agency reported.
Means to attack
Royal specialists have explained that it is not the first time that members of the Chrysanthemum Throne, since Empress Emeritus Michiko, Mako's grandmother lost her voice when she was classified by some media as unfit to be the wife of an emperor.
While Empress Masako, aunt of the now ex-princess, had problems with depression when she was blamed for not having a son.
According to the customs of the Japanese royalty, the women of the royal family must support their husbands in everything, be faithful guardians of the traditions and of course give birth to a boy. Failure to meet these expectations, they are strongly criticized.
Japanese media have put the magnifying glass on the issue of the succession to the throne in the imperial family, since there are currently 17 members of the royal family, 8 of them are over 60 years old and 5 are single women.
These problems in the succession began in 2000. Precisely, the former prime minister Yoshihiko Noda in 2011 proposed to create a branch of the imperial family when women decide to marry commoners.
This so that they can remain in the imperial family, however, the issue was put aside when there was a change of government.
This year, royal experts discussed the issue again in order to find solutions to maintain the number of members of the royal family.
This group of experts published a report in which they suggested that women who marry commoners continue to be royalty, and return to men from the old branches of the imperial family.