Japan’s Princess Gives Up Her Royal Title To Pursue True Love
Love is a powerful emotion. It gets quite a few people to do crazy things in the name of the person who caught their eye. How crazy is too crazy, though? What would you give up to be with the person you love more than anyone else in the world?
For any person of royal blood, being in line for the throne probably takes a backseat when it comes to finding who they are going to marry. Princess Ayako of the Japanese royal family has decided to something that has only been done twice before.
Ayako made the surprising decision to marry ‘commoner’ Kei Moriya. In Japanese imperial law, a woman must give up her title, allowance, and holdings as a princess. For the young now former princess, it was an easy decision to make.
“I met Mr. Moriya for the first time in December last year,” the princess shared after announcing her engagement to her husband.
“I remember that our conversation got so lively that it didn’t feel like we had just met and that I had so much fun that I forgot about time.”
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe gathered the Imperial House Economy Council and together decided to give Princess Ayako and her husband the parting gift of $950,000.
Ayako is not the first to give up the title of princess. Both her older sister Noriko (2014) and her cousin Mako (2020) have made the choice to build their lives with ‘commoners.’
Princess Ayako and Kei Moriya answer press questions after their wedding at Meiji Shrine on October 29, 2018.
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With only a handful of males left in succession for the throne, there has been the talk of changing the imperial law to allow female successors. The move has been met with harsh criticism and there are some looking to block it.
It is wonderful to see that a princess married for love and not for the sake of royalty. If you are unsure about being with someone, just take a page from Princess Ayako and follow your heart.