Princess Ayako Always Knew She Would Have to Give Up Her Royal Title
The law that forced Princess Ayako to renounce her royal status is a well-established one. Since birth, Princess Ayako has been taught that royal women in Japan are required to forfeit their birthright if they were to marry outside the royal class.
Ayako was fully aware of this requirement and accepted her position in life with joy and respect. On the day of her wedding, she told reporters, “I will leave my imperial family today, but I will remain unchanged in my support for his majesty and her majesty.”