1. Prince Philip
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2. Princess Mako
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Princess Mako of Japan is one of the more recent royals to renounce their title for love. Back in 2017, she declined her right to the throne in favour of marrying commoner Kei Komuro. The declaration wasn’t necessarily her choice, though. Per Japanese royal law, a female royal must renounce her title if her partner lacks an aristocratic title.
3. King Edward VIII
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This former royal is perhaps the most famous to abdicate their position for love. After less than a year on the throne, Edward left London to marry Wallis Simpson. ”I have found it impossible to carry the heavy burden of responsibility and to discharge my duties as king as I would wish to do without the help and support of the woman I love,” he said in his official announcement.
4. Princess Ubolratana Rajakanya of Thailand
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When this princess wed the man she loved, Peter Ladd Jensen, she was forced to give up her title, even though she is the eldest daughter of King Bhumibol Adulyadej. She wasn’t able to reclaim her title after the couple divorced in 1998 either. Today she is only referred to as Tunkramom Ying which means ”daughter of Queen Regent.”
5. Prince Friso of Orange-Nassau
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When this Dutch royal married Mable Wisse Smit in 2004, he did so without the official blessing of the Dutch Parliament, meaning he abdicated his right to the throne (had his older brother predeceased him). Until his passing in 2013, though, he and his family were still considered members of the royal family, just not the Dutch Royal House.
6. King Carol II
Circa 1950: Former King Carol II of Romania and his wife Magda Lupescu, now the Princess Elena of Romania, living more lavishly than any other Estoril exiles . (Photo by Gordon Parks/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
This one-time king was forced to abdicate his throne twice: once for love when he was caught having an affair with a French woman in 1925, and then again for political reasons when he was forced into exile in 1940. He eventually wed one of his consorts, Magda Lupescu, in 1947.
7. Princess Sayako
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Years before Princess Mako of Japan was forced to give up her title, there was this Japanese princess – the only daughter of Emperor Akihito. When she wed a commoner, Yoshiki Kuroda, she left behind the imperial household and all the benefits that went along with it (like receiving an allowance, for example).