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    Japanese Princess Marries Commoner, Gives up Money and Title

    Japan’s Princess Mako quietly married a commoner out of love on Tuesday, forfeiting her title as princess and money. The marriage, which happened without traditional celebrations, was delayed for three years and opposed by some people. Mako explained that it “was a necessary choice to live while cherishing our hearts.”

    Mako lost her royal status after marrying Kei Komuro as she received his surname. Most Japanese women abandon their own family names when marrying due to a law requiring only one surname per married couple. According to the Imperial Household Agency, the marriage documents were submitted by a palace official on Tuesday morning.

    During a televised news conference Mako said “For me, Kei-san is a priceless person. For us, our marriage was necessary to live while cherishing our hearts,” Komuro responded with “I love Mako. I’ve only once and I want to spend it with someone I love.” Mako earlier turned away 140 million yen (around $1.5 million Cdn) which she is entitled to for leaving the imperial family.

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