Today, Japan’s young princesses have no choice but to marry commoners. Princess Mako appears to have set her heart on marrying her university sweetheart, Kei Komuro. Neither rich nor well connected, Mr Komuro’s mother reportedly borrowed money from her then fiancé to pay for the young man’s university education. Was the money a gift or a loan? Mrs Komuro says the former, her ex-fiancé, the latter.