Princess Mako of Japan marries commoner, loses her imperial status

The palace officials informed that Mako has also even declined the 140 million yen dowry

Princess Mako of Japn has married a commoner and lost her imperial status on October 26 in a union that has split public opinion and was delayed for over three years by a financial dispute that involves her new mother-in-law.
The Imperial Household Agency has informed that the marriage document for Mako and Kei Komuro was submitted by a palace official on Tuesday morning and is now official.
The agency also said that the duo will make statements at a press conference but are not willing to take questions as Mako showed fear and discomfort at the questions that would be asked.
The palace doctors described earlier this month that the princess is recovering from a form of traumatic stress disorder which she has developed after seeing negative press coverage on their marriage, especially attacks on Kei Komuro.
The agency has informed that there will be no wedding banquet and there have been no other rituals for the new couple as well as the marriage is not celebrated by many people.
Mako, is a neice of Emperor Naruhito and has turned 30 three days before her wedding.
Mako and Komuro were classmates at the International Christian University in Tokyo when they announced in September 2017 they intended to marry but the financial conflict surfaced two months later and the wedding ceremony was suspended.
The financial conflict involves whether the money Komuru's mother has received from her former fiancé was a loan or a gift.
Mako’s father asked Komuro to clarify the matter and wrote a statement defending himself, however, it is still not clear if the conflict has been completely resolved.
Kei Komuro, 30, has left for New York City in 2018 to study law and only returned to Japan last month. No longer holding a royal status, Mako has now taken the surname of her husband, which is an issue that affects most other Japanese women since the law requires married couple to use only one surname.
The palace officials informed that Mako has also even declined the 140 million yen  dowry that she was entitled for leaving the royal family.
She is the first royalty since World War II to not receive the payment while getting married to a commoner and chose to do so because of the criticism over her marrying a person that is unfit for the princess.
Mako left the palace wearing a blue dress and holding a bouquet on Tuesday morning. She bowed outside her parents residence, the Crown Prince Akishino and the Crown Princess Kiko, and her sister Princess Kako.

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