Former Princess Mako of Japan moved to New York with her husband
Last month, Princess Mako of Japan, eldest daughter of Crown Prince Akishino and Crown Princess Kiko and niece of Emperor Naruhito, married her four-year-old fiancee, Kei Komuro. In the process, Mako relinquished his official royal status – Japanese law governing the royal family required him to do so in order to marry a “commoner” – and today the newlyweds have entered a whole new stage in their lives. together as they landed in New York, where they plan to live according to NHK.
While the couple have reportedly lived in an apartment in Tokyo since their October 26 wedding, they have now moved their base of operations to New York City, where Komuro works for a law firm while while waiting to resume the New York bar exam next year.
Since announcing their engagement in 2017, the couple have been at the center of media scrutiny in Japan over the wedding. The stress of the situation even led to the former princess being diagnosed with PTSD before the wedding.
The outcry over the marriage stemmed in part from a financial dispute involving a loan taken out by Mako’s mother-in-law and implications that Komuro was marrying her for money. Perhaps to appease such speculation, Mako refused a dowry of around $ 1.4 million as well as ceremonies she was entitled to upon leaving the royal family, which allowed her to the first female imperial family member since WWII to opt out of payment by marrying a commoner.
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