Japan’s Princess Ayako chose to follow her heart and give up her title to marry the love of her life !
Her cousin Princess Mako, 26, gave up her royal title last year so she could marry her fiancé, Kei Komuro, in 2020. Princess Ayako, 27, got engaged to her boyfriend, 32-year-old commoner Kei Moriya, in August and the couple got married in October.
Even though Prince Harry and Prince William both married commoners and remained in the British royal family, that’s not always de rigueur across the globe. In Princess Ayako’s case, she’ll have to leave the Japanese royal family upon marrying Kei Moriya.
Japan’s Princess Ayako and groom Kei Moriya got married on Monday 29 October in Tokyo, in the presence of close friends and family members, while around 1,000 well-wishers had turned up to congratulate the bride and groom.
Ayako, 28, is the youngest child of Princess Hisako and the late Prince Norihito, who passed away aged 47 in 2002. He was the first cousin of Emperor Akihito. Ayako has given up her royal title upon her marriage to a commoner; according to Japan’s Imperial House, female royals must surrender their royal status if they marry a non-royal.
Ayako will receive a lump sum of around £780,000 from the Japanese government to support her living expenses. “I will leave the imperial family today, but I will remain unchanged in my support for his majesty and her majesty,” said Ayako.
Moriya works for a Japanese shipping company, and he and Princess Ayako met through their parents last year. Funny enough, Princess Ayako’s mom introduced them to inspire her to advocate for human rights, but obviously, that didn’t go exactly as planned and they fell in love.