Published On: Tue, Jul 3rd, 2018

Japan princess: Who is Princess Ayako who has given up her crown for love… | World | News

The 27-year-old unveiled her engagement to shipping worker Kei Moriya, 32, on Monday.

Unlike Prince William and Harry, who both married outside of royal circles, Princess Ayako must leave the Japanese royal family as soon she is officially married.

She is the third princess to give up her royal status to marry a ‘commoner’.

Most recently, Princess Mako, 26, left the royal family last September after announcing her engagement to paralegal Kei Komuro.

Who is Princess Ayako?

Princess Ayako of Takamado is the youngest daughter of Norihito, Prince Takamado and Hisako, Princess Takamado.

Her late father, Prince Takamado, was a first cousin of Emperor Akihito, the current Emperor of Japan.

Princess Ayako was born at the Aiiku Hospital in Tokyo, Japan and attended Gakushūin School, which was established in 1847 to educate the children of Japanese aristocracy.

Having spent time at universities abroad on exchange, she returned to Japan in 2015, undertaking a masters’ degree in social welfare.

The graduate is currently based at Josai International University’s Faculty of Social Works Studies where she works as a research fellow, according to Japanese news-site The Mainichi.

Princess Ayaoko met her businessman boyfriend through her mother, who knew Mr Moriya’s parents from her NGO work at the end of 2017.

She described him as having a “kind, smart and decisive” personality.

She said: “I don’t know what my mother’s intentions were in introducing him to me, but as the two of us went to various places together and shared our time and memories, we became naturally drawn to each other.

“I think we were able to come this far thanks to the wonderful ties started by our mothers.”

Japanese princesses and royal titles

This is not the first time a Japanese princess have given up her title for love.


Princess Noriko’s older sister Princess Noriko, left the royal family in 2014 to marry Kunimaro Senge.

The law requiring Japanese women to give up their titles when marrying commoners does not apply to males within the royal family.

Female members have no claim to the Chrysanthemum Throne, but a shortage of males heirs in Emperor Akihito’s succession line is causing problems.

On the plus side, Princess Ayaoko will received a one-off payment expected to be in the region of a million pounds

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