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Japan’s Princess Mako, the emperor’s niece, married her usual college sweetheart on Tuesday.

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Japan’s Princess Mako, the emperor’s niece, married her usual college sweetheart on Tuesday and the royal family was under scrutiny after a year-long engagement that left the princess with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Gave.

Mako and fiancé Kei Komuro, both 30, announced their engagement four years ago, a move that was initially applauded by the nation. But things soon turned sour as newspapers reported on a money scandal involving Komuro’s mother, prompting the press to turn to him. The marriage was postponed, and he left Japan to study law in New York in 2018 to return in September.

Their wedding involved an official from the Imperial Household Agency (IHA), which runs the life of the family, submitting paperwork to a local office in the morning, skipping many of the rituals and ceremonies typical for royal weddings, Including a reception.

Mako also refused to receive a one-time payment of approximately $1.3 million made for royal women to marry commoners and become ordinary citizens in accordance with Japanese law.

Television footage shows Mako wearing a pastel dress and pearls at the entrance of her house saying goodbye to her parents and 26-year-old sister Kako. Although everyone wore masks in line with Japan’s coronavirus protocol, her mother could be seen blinking rapidly, as if fighting back tears.

Although Mako formally bowed to her parents, her sister held her shoulders and the two shared a long embrace.

In the afternoon, Mako and her new husband will hold a news conference, which will also go beyond custom. While the royals usually answer pre-submitted questions at such events, the couple will make a brief statement and instead give written answers to the questions.

According to NHK public television, IHA officials said, “Some of the questions took the misinformation as fact and upset the princess.”

Dressed in a crisp dark suit and tie, Komuro briefly bowed to the camera crew gathered outside his house as he left the morning, but did not say anything. His casual behavior on his return to Japan, which included long hair tied into a ponytail, sent the tabloids into a frenzy.

money scandal

Just months after the two announced their engagement at a news conference where their smile won the hearts of the nation, tabloids reported a financial dispute between Komuro’s mother and her former fiancée, claiming that the mother and The son has not paid a debt of about $35,000. .

The scandal spread to the mainstream media after the IHA failed to provide a clear explanation. In 2021, Komuro released a 24-page statement on the matter and also said he would reach a settlement.

Opinion polls show that the Japanese are divided about marriage, and there has been at least one protest.

Analysts say the problem is the royal family is so idealistic
That the slightest sign of trouble with things like money or politics should not touch them.

The fact that Mako’s father and younger brother, Hisahito, are both in the line of succession after Emperor Naruhito, whose daughter is ineligible for inheritance, makes the scandal particularly damaging, says an associate professor of history at Nagoya University. Hideya Kawanashi said.

“While it is true that they will both be private citizens, Mako’s younger brother will one day become emperor, so some people thought that no one with the problem should have let him (Komuro) marry him,” Kawanishi said.

The two will live in New York, although for some time after the wedding Mako will be alone in Tokyo to prepare for the move, including applying for the first passport of her life.

(Except for the title, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)

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