Japans Princess Mako finally marries commoner boyfriend Kei Komuro

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Japans Princess Mako finally marries commoner boyfriend Kei Komuro

Japans Princess Mako has married her college sweetheart Kei Komuro - thus losing her royal status.

Under Japanese law, female imperial family members forfeit their status upon marriage to a "commoner" although male members do not.

She also skipped the usual rites of a royal wedding and turned down a payment offered to royal females upon their departure from the family.

She is the first female member of the royal family to skip both.

Princess Makos relationship has been met with controversy in the country.

She was engaged to Mr Komuro in 2017 and the two were set to wed the following year. But the marriage was delayed following news of Mr Komuros mothers financial problems - she had reportedly taken a loan from her ex-fiancé and not paid him back.

The palace denied the delay was linked to this, though Crown Prince Fumihito said it was important for the money issues to be dealt with before they got married.

They are expected to move to the US - where Mr Komuro works as a lawyer - after marriage.



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