Last month, Japan's Princess Mako, the eldest daughter of Crown Prince Akishino and Crown Princess Kiko and the niece of Emperor Naruhito, tied the knot with her fiancée of four years, Kei Komuro. In the process, Mako gave up her official royal status—Japanese law governing the royal family required her to do so in order to marry a "commoner"—and today, the newlyweds have embarked upon a brand new stage of their lives together as they landed in New York City, where they plan to live according to NHK.
While the couple have reportedly been living in an apartment in Tokyo since their October 26 wedding, they have now changed their base of operations to NYC, where Komuro clerks for a law firm while waiting to retake the New York bar exam next year.
Since their engagement was announced in 2017, the couple have been the center of some intense media scrutiny in Japan about the marriage. The stress of the situation even led to the former princess being diagnosed with PTSD prior to the wedding.
The public outcry over the marriage reportedly stemmed in part from a financial dispute involving a loan Mako's mother-in-law took out, and implications that Komuro was marrying her for money. Perhaps to allay such speculations, Mako turned down a dowry of around $1.4 million as well as ceremonies to which she was entitled upon leaving the royal family, making her the first female imperial family member since World War II to opt out of payment when marrying a commoner.
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