Mako is really beautiful and the clothes are a little bit more modern as usually.
But I fear that they want her (and Aiko) to stay unmarried so that they do not loose another member of the Imperial family and that her brother will not be the only member of the Imperial Family in the future.
Girls don’t count so I’d be surprised if they didn’t escape at some point... hopefully they do
They don’t count towards the succession but they’re going to be needed to help Hisahito keep up with the the grunt work— it’s all hands on deck when it comes to all the appearances/duties they have to do.
Yes, that's what I meant. I already had the feeling that the grey men were quite happy about the "scandal" around Kei Komuro and tried actively to use that to their advantage to prevent the marriage between him and Kako, so that Kako would stay in the Imperial Family. Kako was, even when she was still a student at the university, a quite active member who even did some official visits to other countries.
Currently there are still enough members of the Imperial Family to keep up the work eg Hisako, Princess Takamado who is representing the Imperial House quite often outside of Japan. But in 30 years Hisahito (and his wife if he can find one) may be the only younger member of the Imperial Family who can carry out appearances and duties if all younger female members have left royal duties due to marriage.