Princes & Princesses Who


They chose following their hearts over wearing their crowns

The niece of Japan's emperor gave up her title and $1.3 million to marry commoner Kei Komuro. Before the wedding, Mako was diagnosed with PTSD from the uproar.

Princess Mako

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For me, Kei is irreplaceable —
marriage was a necessary choice for us.

Mako, according to the BBC

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He and wife Meghan Markle stepped down as working royals in 2020, leaving England for California. They later discussed the toxicity of palace life.

Prince Harry

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I didn't see a way out. I was trapped but I didn't know I was trapped.

harry to oprah winfrey


Harry’s late mother lost the HRH designation after divorcing Prince Charles in 1996, though she retained certain privileges and continued her charitable work. 

Princess Diana


I’d like to be a queen in people’s hearts, but I don’t see myself being queen of this country.

Diana to Martin Bashir

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Norway’s princess agreed to stop using her royal title for business due to outcry over her speaking tour with her American boyfriend Durek, a celebrity shaman.

Princess Märtha Louise

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When you meet your twin flame, you know. I have been lucky enough to have met mine.

Märtha Louise on Instagram

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