LOVE OVER DUTY

Marie Claire (South Africa) - - Filter -

Yet again, a mem­ber of the royal fam­ily of Ja­pan is giv­ing up her royal ti­tle to marry a com­moner for love. Princess Ayako (28), daugh­ter of the late Nori­hito, Prince Taka­mado, is set to tie the knot with ship­ping em­ployee Kei Moriya. Sev­enth in line to the Chrysan­the­mum Throne, she is not the first in the fam­ily to opt out of royal du­ties and priv­i­leges: in 2017, her se­cond cousin, Princess Mako, did the same when she mar­ried a com­moner, as did Mako’s aunt, Sayako, for­merly known as Princess Nori, in 2005.

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