SUGGESTION OF DIVORCE FOR JAPANESE ROYALS

19 JULY 2004

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Masako, formerly a successful diplomat, twice refused Naruhito's proposal because she feared life in the royal household would be too restrictive. The couple married in 1993 (pictured) after a deeply protective Naruhito promised Masako she would have no cause for regret. One authoritative royal watcher says there is "enormous public sympathy" for the troubled princess. "Most young Japanese women see Princess Masako's situation as similar to Princess Diana's," he explainsPhoto: © AFPClick on photo to enlarge