Princess Mako of Japan announced her engagement to former classmate Kei Komuro in 2017 and married him on Tuesday. She said that he has won her heart with "bright smiles like the sun". The two met in university and planned to marry.
This meant the princess would become an ordinary citizen as female imperial family members forfeit their royal status upon marriage to a commoner. The princess knew the consequences but she was ready to give up her royal status for the sake of love.
Princess Mako is not the first one to give up her royal status. There have been some other royals in the past who have stepped down from the throne for several reasons. Have a look.
Prince Harry And Meghan Markle
In early 2020, Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle gave up their royal titles and stepped down from their roles as senior members of the British Royal family. The two got married in 2018 and she was the first commoner with African-American roots to have married into the British Royal family.
The couple left the UK and settled in the US. After they left the British royal family, they have come forward on several occasions to speak about the problems they faced when they were a part of the royal family including issues like mental health and racism.
King Carol II
King Carol II was forced to abdicate his throne twice. Once, he had to leave for love when he was caught having an affair with a French woman in 1925. The second time he had to leave for political reasons was when he was forced into exile in 1940. Eventually, he married consort Magda Lupescu in 1947.
Princess Mako is not the first one from Japan (Travel in Tokyo). Before her, her aunt, Princess Sayako was also asked to leave the royal status as she married a commoner.
King Edward VIII
Queen Elizabeth's uncle King Edward VIII is perhaps the most famous royal who abdicated his position for love. He left London (tips for London vacation) to marry Wallis Simpsons who was an American actress and a divorcee.
Prince Friso Of Orange-Nassau
The Dutch royal married Mable Wisse Smit in 2004 without the official blessing of Dutch parliament. Therefore, he abdicated his right to the throne. Until he passed in 2013, he was considered the member of the royal family but not the Dutch Royal House.
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