Princess Mako, the Japanese emperor’s niece, married her faculty sweetheart on Tuesday—a easy, refined affair after years of each being dogged by controversy and scrutiny. The nuptials to a commoner imply imply she has now left the royal household. “The wedding papers had been filed and accepted,” in keeping with an official from the Imperial Family Company, with out the frilly rituals that normally adorn royal nuptials. Like different girls in her household, Mako is unable to ascend to the Chrysanthemum Throne by the use of restrictive custom. However in a history-making first, she additionally turned down the standard $1.35 million present that royal girls sometimes obtain upon marrying a commoner and leaving the imperial family.
The lengthy engagement between Mako and her “commoner” fiancé Kei Komuro, each 30, was first introduced 4 years in the past. Tabloid scandals over Komuro’s mom’s funds adopted an preliminary wave of reward, and the couple had been hounded so incessantly by the press it left the princess with post-traumatic stress dysfunction. Japanese opinion is basically divided over the union, and there was at the very least one protest within the run-up to the massive day. Now wedded, Mako and Komuro are stated to be planning a transfer to the USA.