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16/11/2021

The Japanese Princess Mako and her marriage below her status

In comparison to the clandestine marriage of the Milanese Duchess Isabella of Aragon and Leonardo da Vinci

Most of the men and women of the high nobility are nowadays allowed to marry the person they love, even if he or she is below their status like for example the English Prince William or the Danish Prince Frederik who chose to marry commoners. But there is still one exception: the Imperial House of Japan. The Japanese Princess Mako fell in love with the commoner Kei Komuro in 2012. In 2013 the latter already asked her to marry him. In 2017 the couple got engaged. But Mako's family and some of the Japanese people are against this marriage, please have a look at: Japan's princess Mako finally marries commoner boyfriend. Now Mako herself decided to follow her heart. She left the Imperial House, renounced the dowry for a Princess of the Imperial family of 1.3 million dollar and is moving to her husband Kei Komuro to the USA (New York) to live with him. Have you any idea, how difficult it was in the Renaissance, to marry the person you loved, especially when you were a woman of the high nobility and the man you loved was only an illegitimate craftsman? Isabella of Aragon and Leonardo da Vinci could only marry in secrecy in 1497. Very few of their contemporary friends and family members were to know about their marriage. This is the greatest love story in our history. Therefore it's a pity that due to the ignorance of the art historians we have no chance at the moment to tell their amazing story. Kei Komuro said about Mako: "I want to live the only life I have with the person I love." These words could have easily been used by Leonardo da Vinci regarding Isabella of Aragon. Mako's response for her decision to marry Kei Komuro was: "Marriage is that decision needed for us to live on, staying true to our hearts." Could that not been the same reason why Isabella married a man so far beyond her status?

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Die Sforza III: Isabella von Aragon und ihr Hofmaler Leonardo da Vinci

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