A Japanese Princess Mako married her college sweetheart Kei Komuro who she has been dating for several years, Kyodo News reported.
Princess Mako, the eldest daughter of Japanese Crown Prince and Princess Akishino, has married her commoner boyfriend and formally left the Imperial Family. She and her husband Komuro Kei spoke to reporters at a hotel in Tokyo on Tuesday.https://t.co/6VhcioE3DZpic.twitter.com/ogLI0I9Xx8
Mako is a daughter of an heir to the Japanese throne Crown Prince Fumihito but the marriage deprived her of royal privileges and she will take the name of her husband.
Mako and Komuro are both 30 and they met each other in college.
The marriage registration was submitted without a huge ceremony and celebration. It was expected that the newlyweds would hold a press conference, but they just announced their marriage and provided journalists written replies to their questions.
Mako and Komuro announced their engagement back in 2017. But they were made to postpone the union over a money scandal involving Komuro's mother and the Japanese public disapproval of the princess' fiance.
Komuro's mother borrowed 4 million Yen ($36,000) from the Royal family and failed to pay it back which triggered widespread speculation in Japan.
That was a hard time for Mako while she had developed complex post-traumatic stress disorder as a result of being “unable to escape” the attacks on her, Komuro, and their families.
According to the law, the Princess deprives all the privileges of a member of the Imperial House in case of marriage with a commoner. Mako also refused to take the $1,35 million that Japanese female royals receive after they lose their imperial status.
The former princess and her husband plan to move to America, where Komura runs his law firm.
It wasn’t the first similar case in Japanese history. In 2005 the daughter of Emperor Akihito also left the royal family and married town planner Yoshiki Kuroda.