Japan’s Princess Mako stripped of Royal title after marrying commoner boyfriend
The Japanese Princess Mako officially tied the knot with her commoner boyfriend Kei Komuro on Tuesday in a move that saw her immediately booted out of the Japanese Royal family.
The pair had been a long-term item ever since meeting at college, only this week legalising the relationship.
At a local registry office in Tokyo's Akasaka estate, they signed their paperwork confirming the union that has been criticised heavily in Japan.
A million miles from the royal weddings that spring to mind, there was no extravagant ceremony or traditional rituals—there might normally have been a reception held by Japan's Imperial family.
Ms Mako also turned down a whopping £985,000 normally given to female members of the royal family who forfeit their titles in favour of marrying a commoner.
It is the first time in the history of the royal family that a departing daughter has turned down both the purse and ceremony.
At 10am local time, Ms Mako hugged her sister Princess Kako goodbye, bowed to her parents Prince Fumihito and Crown Princess Kiko and—wearing a sky blue dress—departed the royal family residence.
Mr Komuro bowed to cameras in a smart suit and tie before the pair left the city. They did not meet with Ms Mako's Aunt and Uncle: Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako.
The couple met at the Imperial Christian University in Tokyo, where Ms Mako graduated in 2014 before going on to study in the UK. While in in Britain she obtained a master's degree in Art Museum and Gallery Studies from the University of Leicester. She then went on to study in Edinburgh for another nine months.
The couple are expected to depart for the US shortly, where Mr Komuro practices law having studied there beforehand. His new wife is also expected to begin working once there, in a law firm in Manhattan, New York. It will be her first steps into working the way of common people.
Palace doctors have said in the past that Ms Mako suffers from post traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, from her long battle trying to secure her marriage to Mr Komuro.
The union has faced widespread criticism from various aspects of Japanese society, with Mr Komuro the focus of heavy media attention; his hair was recently labelled 'unbecoming' by the Japanese press when he returned from the US with a ponytail.
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