Japanese Princess Ayako will give up her royal title to marry a commoner.
According to CNN, the 27-year-old Princess is now engaged to Kei Moriya, a commoner. The duo will read their vows at the Meiji Jingu Shrine in Shibuya Ward in Tokyo on October 29.
"He proposed to me this year having a dinner at a restaurant. It was very sudden, so I asked to hold for my answer," Ayako said. "As we have deepened the relationship including our family, friends and related people, I came to the decision and accepted this proposal."
Last year, Princess Mako too renounced her royal status to marry a commoner, a 25-year-old law firm employee, and graduate student, Kei Komuro. Princess Ayako’s older sister, Princess Noriko, also left the royal family in 2014 to marry commoner Kunimaro Senge. Ayako will be the third princess in Japan to give up her royal title in order to marry a commoner.
While Prince Harry and Prince William also married outside royal blood, they still retain their royal status but as per Japanese imperial law, Ayako must leave the royal family and give up her royal status. Prince Willaim got married to Kate Middleton in 2011 and Prince Harry married his beautiful wife Meghan Markle earlier this year.
Under Japanese imperial law, a princess is required to leave the Royal Family when she exchanges vows with a common man, but the same law doesn’t apply to male members of the Japanese Royal Family.
However, Princess Ayako will receive a bonus payment expected to be around a million pounds.