After several years of controversy, Princess Mako is set to marry on the 26th day of the month of October. Still, she’ll forgo the traditional ceremony and deny the usual amount of money given to royal brides when they marry outside aristocracy.
On Friday, The Imperial Household Agency announced the day of the wedding and also stated that the couple would hold a conference on the same day.
The union of these two lovers has been criticized a lot, and the officials have told reporters that the princess, 29, has a complex post-traumatic stress disorder due to the media’s coverage.
Mako is the child of Japan’s Crown Prince and has suffered for years from nitpicking and delays about her plan to wed Komuro, also 29. Japan’s imperial succession laws mean states that Mako is likely to lose her title after her wedding.
Similarly, her husband has been under scrutiny and accusations that his mother lent money from a former lover and then failed to pay it back. Following tabloid coverage of the allegations, an uproar was sparked after the young couple announced that they’d live in the U.S. and not Japan, where the royals are treated a lot more respectfully.
The couple delayed their wedding, and Komuro went to his home in the U.S. for law school, a move widely believed to be a way to avoid negative criticism.
Crown Prince Akishino last year, Crown Prince Akishino said he was in favor of his daughter’s wedding. However, he wanted her to gain the general public’s “viewpoint.”
The couple appears to have concluded that they’ve been waiting long enough, and they are expected to relocate to New York after marrying. Komuro returned to Japan to a media frenzy earlier this week, with comments of his newly grown ponytail going viral in Japan. He is currently observing Japan’s mandatory 14-day quarantine for overseas arrival. Local media said the couple is expected to meet each other for the first time in around three years on Oct 11.
Japan’s Chrysanthemum rule states that the throne is available only for male family members and children of female royals who have a relationship outside the aristocracy not considered part of the throne.
The stringent rules have created concerns about what the future holds for the family of royals with only two male heirs and no hope of new ones for the time being. However, any attempts to discuss succession reform have come up against fierce resistance from traditionalists.
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