Proclamed emperor last May after the abdication of Emperor Akihito, Prince Naruhito was officially inducted on Tuesday, October 22, during a solemn ceremony with, at his side, his wife Masako, who won the title of empress consort. from Japan.

Polyglot, the latter was intended for a brilliant diplomatic career having been admitted to several prestigious universities such as Harvard or Oxford, before joining the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Japan. Fate wanted it otherwise. His marriage to Prince Naruhito will put an end to the brilliant career that was emerging for her.

Masako, however, does not want to be restricted to the role of ryosai kenbo, a good wife and a wise mother in Japanese. Just princess, she wants to dust off the function: she then invites ambassadors and heads of state to the palace and develops communication around his image. But the Kunaicho - an administration agency of the imperial house - can not bear to see Masako headline news, but also to talk with President Clinton as if she was running Japan, then reminds her of her strictest duty: pray for the Japanese and give a male heir.

It is done six years after their union: the princess is pregnant but she miscarries. The couple then embarks on a medically assisted procreation process, a taboo subject in Japan. Masako finally falls pregnant and gives birth in 2001 to Aiko, a girl, which does not satisfy the Japanese. Because in Japan, only men can accede to the Chrysanthemum throne. One more failure that plunges the princess into depression. The princess locks herself little by little in her bubble and in a depression that gnaws at her.

In 2004, her doctor diagnosed her with an "adjustment disorder" because of the stress of being a princess. He even pushes her to resign, or at least not to honor her official obligations. Naruhito then publicly defends his wife, accusing the Imperial Agency of causing her illness. It is then the first time that a member of the imperial family rebels.

And while the Prime Minister is considering changing the legislation so that Princess Aiko can one day succeed his father, Princess Kiko - wife of the younger brother of Naruhito, gives birth to a male heir to the dynasty.

Once more humiliated, Princess Masako no longer leaves the Togu Palace. She becomes the target of a media lynching. She is accused of leading a lavish life as the country goes through an economic crisis.

On April 30, 2013, Masako finally came out of her golden prison at the insistence of the Queen of the Netherlands, to witness the accession of King Willem-Alexander. In 2015, she attends the coronation of King Tupou VI in Tonga. A year later, Emperor Akihito announced his wish to withdraw from power, giving way to his son Naruhito. At the idea of ​​becoming an empress, reports the magazine Point de vue, she says on the occasion of her 54th birthday: "When I think about the future, I consider it with a respectful fear ... By following the emperor and the Empress, like my guides, I will intensify my efforts to be able to fulfill my duties and to give him all my support. "

And perhaps also to take revenge and not to keep quiet.

Kate White for DayNewsWorld