Mako Komuro Leaves Japan for a New Life in New York
After marrying a commoner and giving up her royal title, Mako Komuro landed in America on Sunday with her new husband, Kei Komuro.
Their security officers escorted them to New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport, according to NHK, Japan’s official media.
Mako and Kei’s decision to America comes after Prince Harry and Meghan Markle left the UK for California amid royal family feuds and media criticism.
They have been in the spotlight in Japan since their relationship began.
When Komuro’s mother got engaged in a financial controversy, the pair had to postpone their wedding, escalating the media frenzy.
Komuro left Japan to attend law school in New York, returning only in September of this year to keep his commitment to his fiancée.
He works for a New York legal firm and is yet to pass his bar test.
According to sources, the pair will live in a leased flat.
Possible reasons for Former Princess Leaving Royalty
Officials from the Imperial Household claim the former princess suffered from PTSD due to excessive media coverage of her affair.
Many non-royals are reluctant to join the imperial ranks due to the harsh etiquette of the Japanese royal family.
As previously reported by TIME, ‘the standards that you are supposed to follow are kept at an extremely high level that most people would find horribly burdensome.’
In the face of a diminishing royal line, the marriage has also brought up the topic of imperial succession.
The only possibilities are 15-year-old Prince Hisahito, 55-year-old Crown Prince Akishino, and Emperor Naruhito‘s 85-year-old uncle, Prince Hitachi.
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