Princess of Japan Announces Marriage to Commoner and Loses Royalty Status

Mako met her husband at university and had the ceremony planned for 2018

Princess  of Japan Mako lost her royal status when she married her college boyfriend, who is considered “commoner”, Kei Komuro. The statement was made at a press conference in a Tokyo hotel on Tuesday (26).

For years, the relationship has been the target of criticism. Mako and Komuro met at university a decade ago and had their wedding planned for 2018. However, the plans were delayed when Japanese media revealed a financial scandal involving the groom’s mother.

The niece of Emperor Naruhito, Mako was recently described by the imperial family agency as the victim of a complex post-traumatic stress disorder. According to speculation, her health is allegedly related to the couple’s decision to make the statement and write written responses to journalists, avoiding verbal pronouncements.

The couple did not have a formal ceremony or traditional imperial wedding rites. Amid accusations of wasting taxpayers’ money, they themselves paid for the location of the press conference.

Mako’s father, Crown Prince Akishino, reportedly opposed a traditional royal wedding for fear of public rejection. Mako holds a master’s degree from the University of Leicester and turned down the payment that is traditionally given to women who renounce royal status upon marriage, around ¥140 million ($1.23 million).

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Princess  of Japan Mako lost her royal status when she married her college boyfriend, who is considered “commoner”, Kei Komuro. The statement was made at a press conference in a Tokyo hotel on Tuesday (26).

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