Tongan royals usually marry within the small circle of family members and Tongan nobility, and these marriages are often arranged. In case Tongan royals marry commoners after all the King of Tonga even has the right to cancel such marriages. Already last year, when the Crown Prince married a family member, there was a discussion about eventual in-breeding.
But not all family members are in favour of arranged marriages and would like to marry for love. And times are changing. Still Tongans were somewhat surprised when last week it became known that two princess sisters were going to marry commoners this month.
The Hon Frederica Lupe ‘Uluiva Fatafehi’o Lapaha Tuita married Sione Mateialona Filipe “Johnny” – the son of a Tongan businessman – on 10 August at the Holy Trinity Cathedral in Parnell, Auckland, New Zealand. The bride is 10th in line to the throne and the second youngest daughter of Princess Pilolevu, the only sister of King Tupou VI of Tonga.
Frederica’s sister the Hon Sālote Lupepauʻu Salamasina Pureau Vahine Arii ‘o e Hau Tuita is to marry ‘Epeli Taione in an island resort in Fiji on 17 August. The groom is a former Tongan national rugby player and currently the president of the Tonga Rugby Union. She is sixth in line to the Tongan Throne. She previously married Hon Mataʻiʻulua Fusituʻa and they had a daughter, Hon Phaedra ʻIkaleti ʻo Fangatapu Fusituʻa.