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Japanese Princess Ayako to Sacrifice Royal Status to Marry a Commoner

World | | July 5, 2018, 10:19 am
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 Japanese Princess Ayako recently announced her engagement to a commoner, Kei Moriya, a 32-year-old employee of shipping firm NYK Line. Princess Ayako chose to follow her heart and give up her royal status as well. (Image: AP)

Japanese Princess Ayako recently announced her engagement to a commoner, Kei Moriya, a 32-year-old employee of shipping firm NYK Line. Princess Ayako chose to follow her heart and give up her royal status as well. (Image: AP)

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 Princess Ayako is set to get engaged to her beau Moriya, in August and will marry him on October 29. (Image: AP)

Princess Ayako is set to get engaged to her beau Moriya, in August and will marry him on October 29. (Image: AP)

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 Kei Moriya works for a Japanese shipping company, and he and Princess Ayako met through their parents in 2017. (Image: AP)

Kei Moriya works for a Japanese shipping company, and he and Princess Ayako met through their parents in 2017. (Image: AP)

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 Japan's Princess Ayako and her beau Kei Moriya during a press conference to announce their engagement at Imperial Household Agency in Tokyo. (Image: AP)

Japan's Princess Ayako and her beau Kei Moriya during a press conference to announce their engagement at Imperial Household Agency in Tokyo. (Image: AP)

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 Japan's Princess Ayako and her beau Kei Moriya are all smiles. (Image: AP)

Japan's Princess Ayako and her beau Kei Moriya are all smiles. (Image: AP)

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 Japanese Princess Ayako, the third daughter of the late Prince Takamado and her fiance Kei Moriya attend a press conference to announce their engagement at Imperial Household Agency in Tokyo. (Image: AP)

Japanese Princess Ayako, the third daughter of the late Prince Takamado and her fiance Kei Moriya attend a press conference to announce their engagement at Imperial Household Agency in Tokyo. (Image: AP)

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