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    Japanese Princess Ayako (R) and her husband Kei Moriya answer reporters' questions after their wedding ceremony at the Meiji Shrine in Tokyo, Japan, in this photo released by Kyodo on October 29, 2018.

    Japan’s Princess Ayako Forfeited Royal Status to Marry Commoner (VIDEO)

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    Japan's imperial law dictates female members of the royal family forfeit their titles, status and allowance if they marry someone who does not have royal or aristocratic family ties.

    Princess Ayako, the youngest child of Princess Hisako and the late Prince Takamodo, cousin of Emperor Akihito, chose to wed a shipping company worker Kei Moriya.

    The ceremony took place in at the Meiji Shrine in Tokyo on Monday, where onlookers saw the princess tie the knot with the 32-year-old commoner.

    The 28-year-old daughter of Emperor Akihito's late cousin will reportedly receive a lump sum payment of $1.3 million from the state after wedding Kei Moriya.

    The money is meant to help the princess maintain her high standard of living after surrendering her royal status, as decided by a government council earlier this month.

    While female members of the Japanese royal family must forfeit their status when marrying a commoner, the same rule does not apply to their male counterparts. 

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