Could star-crossed lovers Princess Mako and Kei Komuro soon be walking down the aisle? The former fiance of Komuro’s mother broke his silence last week to say he wants to enter talks on a settlement to end a long-running dispute blocking the marriage.

The move came after Komuro piped up recently twice, first with a 24-page statement reiterating his will to wed the princess and set the record straight on the dispute, and then with an offer to pay the money reportedly owed by his mom to her ex-fiance.

As Philip Brasor explained in a recent Media Mix column, Japanese media have been desperately trying to find parallels between Komuro and Meghan Markle, who gave an explosive interview recently about her experience of marrying into British royalty.

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As things stand, Princess Mako would lose her imperial status upon marriage to Komuro, a commoner. But that could change depending on the result of discussions now being held by a government panel tackling imperial succession issues — including the possibility of allowing women to ascend the Chrysanthemum Throne, a reform supported by 80% of the Japanese public.

But don’t hold your breath. The panel has no deadline, and even if it offers recommendations, the government is certainly in no mood to ruffle any feathers in an election year.