Japan’s Princess Mako and her new husband are preparing to move into a rented one-bedroom apartment in New York City after she was forced to give up her royal title to marry her regular college boyfriend.
The 30-year-old, the eldest daughter of Crown Prince Fumihito and niece of Emperor Naruhito, quietly ended up with Kei Komuro, 30, on Tuesday, after their wedding was delayed several years after intense scrutiny.
After their wedding, the couple moved into an apartment in Tokyo, but plan to move permanently to the Big Apple, according to Japanese media.
It is unclear exactly where in Gotham the couple plans to rent.
Mako’s husband has a job at a law firm after passing New York’s law degree back in July.
The former princess is in the process of securing a visa so that she can also work in the USA, NHK informs.
The newlyweds will be financially independent after Mako declined a $ 1.23 million payment she was entitled to when she left the royal family.
She is the first imperial family member since World War II not to receive the payment, saying she chose not to do so because of criticism surrounding her marriage.
The couple did not have a formal wedding ceremony or reception – and instead chose to get married by filing an official legal document.
They held a press conference shortly after, where Mako said, “For me, Kei-san is an invaluable person. For us, our marriage was a necessary choice to live while cherishing our hearts.”
Komuro replied, “I love Mako. I only live once and I want to spend it with someone I love.”
“I hope to have a warm family with Mako-san and I will continue to do everything to support her,” he added.
The couple first met at Tokyo International Christian University before announcing their engagement in 2017. They had originally planned to get married the following year, but it was delayed when financial problems with Komuro’s mother emerged.
Mako’s mother-in-law had previously received money from a former fiancé, but a financial dispute later arose over whether it was a gift or a loan.
The princess developed post-traumatic stress disorder due to the negative media attention surrounding her relationship, palace doctors said.
With Post wires