Japan’s Princess Mako has married her long time boyfriend Kei Komuro. And because of Japanese law: female imperial family members forfeit their status upon marriage to a “commoner” although male members do not. She also declined having a royal wedding AND a payment given to leave the royal family. The two are expected to move to New York where Mr. Komuro will work as a lawyer.
“I am very sorry for the inconvenience caused and I am grateful for those… who have continued to support me,” she said, according to an NHK report. “For me, Kei is irreplaceable – marriage was a necessary choice for us.”
“I love Mako. We only get one life, and I want us to spend it with the one we love,” said Mr Komuro according to an AFP report. “I feel very sad that Mako has been in a bad condition, mentally and physically, because of the false accusations.”