Japanese princess Mako married and lost her royal privileges

Japanese princess Mako married and lost her royal privileges

Kei Komuro and Princess Mako

Today in Tokyo, the wedding of the 30-year-old niece of the Emperor of Japan Naruhito Princess Mako and her 30-year-old lover Kei Komuro took place.

The newly minted spouse Mako is not an aristocrat, therefore, becoming his wife, the princess lost her royal title and ceased to be a member of the imperial family. Despite the fact that she was entitled to a payment of $ 1.3 million from the Japanese government in this regard, she refused it. Curiously, even in the event of a divorce, the princess will not be able to return to the royal family. Interestingly, such restrictions do not apply to men from the Japanese imperial family – they can marry commoners without losing their title and other preferences.

Princess Mako abandoned the official Shinto wedding ceremony – the couple registered their marriage without celebrations.

Japanese princess Mako married and lost her royal privileges

Kei Komuro and Princess Mako

Japanese princess Mako married and lost her royal privileges

It is reported that the couple will soon move to the United States, where Komuro works as a lawyer in a law firm.

The conservative Japanese public did not approve of Princess Mako's choice – on the couple's wedding day, protesters even took to the streets of Tokyo. The reason for their dissatisfaction was the financial scandal around the groom's family. According to rumors, Komuro's mother took the money from her lover, who was going to marry her, and did not return it to him. This scandal left a big imprint on the emotional state of Princess Mako – she was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder.

Princess Mako and Kei Komuro met in 2012 while studying at the International Christian University in Tokyo. Their engagement was officially announced in 2017. The wedding was supposed to take place a year after that, but they postponed it due to their “immaturity”. Although they say that the real reason was just the scandal in which Kay unwittingly fell.

Japanese princess Mako married and lost her royal privileges

Japanese princess Mako married and lost her royal privileges

Princess Ayako, the cousin of the former Emperor of Japan Akihito, also refused the royal title for the sake of love. She also married a commoner, an employee of the shipping company Kei Moriya. The couple had a son two years ago.

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