Japanese Princess Mako and her fiancé have finally decided to get married on the 26th of October; however, no royal ceremony will occur.
Their union is not well-supported by the general public due to an unresolved financial issue involving her future mother-in-law, the palace stated on Friday.
The controversy surrounding Mako, the fiancé of Kei Komuro’s mother, has been embarrassing for the Imperial family. It resulted in public criticism, which delayed their wedding for over three years.
Komuro, 29, returned to Japan this week from New York, where he was studying to become an attorney. His hairstyle, tied in ponytails, was viewed as an outrageous choice for someone who was marrying princesses in the traditional family. It only added to the criticism.
The couple will register for their relationship in October 26 and hold an event to address the public as well. The couple is expected to begin their new lives together in New York later this year.
The agency stated that there wouldn’t be any wedding ceremony or banquet for the newlyweds “because many people do not agree with their marriage,” the agency said.
Mako has also turned down offer to receive the sum of 150 million yen ($1.35 million) she was entitled to for having left the imperial house palace officials claimed. Since World War II, Mako is the first female clan member to marry outside royalty and not accept the money given when a royalty marries an ordinary person.
According to the agency, the princess was diagnosed recently with a psychological disorder that palace doctors have described as a kind known as a traumatic stress disorder.
Mako, who turns 30 just three days before the wedding day, is the niece of Emperor Naruhito.
They and Komuro were both students of Tokyo’s International Christian University in September 2017 when they announced that they were planning to wed in the coming year. However, a financial conflict erupted after two months, which led to the ceremony being cancelled.
The dispute was about the money Komuro’s mother took from her ex-fiance and put towards his studies in Japan was a loan.
Komuro left to go to New York in 2018 to become a lawyer. This marks the very first time that he’s returned after 2018.
Royal females have to surrender their royal status when they marry commoners — a procedure that has led to a decrease in size and number of royals and heirs to the throne.
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