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    Princess Mako Of Japan Left The Royal Family To Marry Her True Love, And Their Love Story Is Better Than Any Romance Book I've Read

    Ah, true love!

    As a hopeless romantic, I am absolutely obsessed with Princess Mako and Kei Komuro's love story!

    Mako and Kei smiling at each other
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    In case you haven't been following them, go ahead and grab some popcorn while I catch you up to speed.


    This is Princess Mako of Japan. Emperor Naruhito — the head of the royal family — is her uncle (specifically, her father's older brother).

    Mako in a ceremonial outfit
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    And Princess Mako's father is Crown Prince Akishino. So she's a very important royal!

    In 2012, Mako met Kei in college when she sat behind him at a campus meeting at Tokyo’s International Christian University.

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    Such rom-com vibes!

    "I was attracted by his bright smiles like the sun," she told the AP. After they started dating, she realized he was a "sincere, strong-minded hard worker, and he has a big heart."

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    Some of their relationship was long distance while she studied in Britain, and he studied in the US. In 2013, he proposed to her after dinner, and she said yes! Mako introduced him to her parents as someone she wanted to "share her future with."

    Mako and Kei smiling at each other
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    My heart!

    But once they announced their engagement in 2017, their relationship was tested, like so many love stories before them. There was a financial scandal revolving Kei's mother and her ex-fiancé, and the tabloids quickly turned the public against Kei.

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    And the press has been cruel to Kei ever since! He left for law school in the US, and when he recently returned with his hair in a ponytail, it caused an absolute media frenzy, with some calling it "disrespectful." Many people actually debated whether a man with a ponytail deserved to marry the princess. If anything, I think Kei should have gotten brownie points for his cool hair!

    Kei with a cool ponytail
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    Since 2017, their wedding was delayed several times, and Mako's father even temporarily withdrew his support for their marriage. The media continued to vilify Kei and their relationship, and Mako was recently diagnosed with PTSD from the intense public scrutiny and constant attacks.

    Despite all these obstacles, the pair finally got married on Tuesday!!! Mako gave up her title to marry the "commoner" she loves. She decided against a traditional wedding ceremony; instead, the couple went to a government office, registered their marriage, and held a press conference to share their good news with the world. They finally did it, y'all!

    Mako and Kei at their press conference
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    Mako became the first woman in Japanese history to refuse the $1.3 million that's typically gifted to women of the royal family if they marry a commoner and lose their title. Such a boss move.

    Mako said her new husband was "invaluable" to her, and that their marriage "was a necessary choice in order to live while carefully protecting our own hearts." As for Kei, he said, "I love Mako, and I want to spend my one and only life with the person I love."

    Mako and Kei at their press conference
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    Now the couple plans to leave Japan to start their new life in New York. I hope they find every happiness there!

    Congratulations, Mako and Kei! So happy that your love overcame all the odds!!