Japanese princess Mako marriage

Japanese princess Mako marriage | The woman who married despite her royal status

Japanese princess mako marriage news: Mako, then a Japanese princess, announced her engagement to old classmate Kei Komuro in 2017, saying “his dazzling smiles like the sun” had captured her heart.

Five years prior, while they were both university students, the two had met and expressed their intentions to marry the following year. Because female imperial family members lose their royal rank when they marry a commoner, the princess would become an ordinary citizen.

Their smiles gained them favour in a society where the imperial family is scrutinised and members are expected to uphold traditions. The overwhelming majority of the media coverage was good.

That, however, suddenly altered.

Two months later, the first allegations of an alleged money disagreement between Mr Komuro’s mother and her previous fiancé surfaced, with the former fiancé alleging that the mother and son had failed to clear a sum owed to him. Some speculated that Mr Kumoro would have financial difficulties in the future.

The public’s opinion changed. Their wedding was postponed due to the official justification that the couple wanted more time to organise their ceremony.

The former princess, now known as Mako Komuro, is the first child of Prince Akishino and Princess Kiko, the current emperor’s younger brother. She was born on October 23, 1991, and followed royal tradition by enrolling in the exclusive Gakushuin school, which is generally reserved for members of the imperial family.

However, she defied convention by quitting the school to pursue her university education. Ms Mako studied art and cultural heritage at Tokyo’s International Christian University and spent a year at the University of Edinburgh. She went on to earn a master’s degree at the University of Leicester, which she described as “wonderful.”

According to a description published by Japan’s Kyodo news agency, Ms Mako was regarded as an independent and pleasant lady who had maintained a profession while discharging royal obligations.

Mr Komuro, who was also born in 1991, was the first person she met at a gathering of students wanting to travel overseas in 2012. Because of his poor beginnings, tabloids spent a lot of time digging up dirt on his family. He travelled to New York to study law at Fordham University in the wake of the incident in 2018, and the pair apparently maintained in touch via the internet.

He only returned to Japan in September, and it was a contentious return. Mr Komuro wore a ponytail and was dressed casually, which many saw as more indication that he was unfit to marry the then-princess.

Finally, the pair married in October. Ms Mako avoided the conventional royal wedding ceremonies and declined a stipend of $1.3 million (£940,000) granted to a female member of the imperial family upon their departure from the household.

Ms Mako was the first woman to do so, breaking another another convention.

Despite Mr Komuro’s claims that the money at the centre of the stories – roughly $35,000 – was a gift, not a loan, and that he would pay a settlement, questions about his finances linger. At least one protest was organised on the day of their wedding, with posters reading “Protect our Household” and “The Imperial Family is Japan’s Soul.”

According to the Imperial Household Agency, Ms Mako’s mental health has been affected by the excessive news attention as well as the persistent assaults on social media, and she is now suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.

Ms Mako said the “incorrect” claims about Mr Komuro had caused her “much dread, tension, and anguish” during a news conference with her new husband following their low-key wedding.
She stated, “Kei is irreplaceable for me.” “Marriage is a crucial decision for us to live while cherishing our emotions,” says the couple.

Mr Komuro, who had his ponytail shaved before the wedding, promised to look after and support his bride. “I adore Mako,” he declared. “I want to spend my one and only life with the one I love.”

The pair is planning to relocate to the United States, where Mr Komuro works as a lawyer. The gesture has attracted similarities to Meghan Markle and Prince Harry of the United Kingdom, earning the newlyweds the moniker “Japan’s Harry and Meghan.”

According to the Reuters news agency, Ms Mako is anticipated to spend some time in Tokyo preparing for the relocation. This involves filling out the application for her first passport.