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Tonga princesses to marry commoners

Tonga princesses to marry commoners

Updated 7 August 2013, 16:28 AEST

A pair of Tongan princesses are rebelling against expectations by marrying commoners.

They are Princesses Salote Lupepau'u Tuita, sixth in line to the throne, and Princess Frederica Tuita, who is 10th.

As well as marrying a non-Royal, Princess Frederica's wedding will be held in an Anglican church in New Zealand, rather than a Free Wesleyan church, which is headed by the King.

She recently wrote on her website that the ancient idea of marrying to raise one's status or replenish one's blue blood has reached its peak and end.

She says she does not fear nurturing a potential relationship with someone who lacks rank, as she knows who she is and what her duty is and a non-royal husband will not change that.

However, under Tonga's constitution, King Tupou VI has the power to annul both marriages if he chooses, as Tongan political scientist Dr Malakai Koloamatangi explains to Bruce Hill.

Presenter:Bruce Hill.

Speaker: Tongan political scientist Dr Malakai Koloamatangi, from New Zealand's Massey University

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