FORMER Japanese Princess Mako Komuro left for the United States on Sunday with her husband. The move to the United States has long been the subject of rumors.
The two ended up catching a commercial flight Sunday from Tokyo to New York City, where Kei Komuro attended law school and now works.
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Guarded by police and airport officials, the couple passed around 100 journalists and cameramen without answering questions.
Mako, Emperor Naruhito’s nephew, lost his royal title when he married a commoner under a post-war inheritance law that also only allows male members of the imperial family to ascend. on the throne.
After announcing their engagement in 2017, Komuro faced a deluge of reports alleging the Kei family were in financial difficulty.
Japanese nobility adhere to strict standards and the Imperial Household Agency claims Mako suffers from complex post-traumatic stress disorder due to the media spotlight.
“I am scared, I feel sad and hurt every time a one-sided rumor turns into a baseless story,” Mako said at a press conference after their wedding.
Kei said he felt very sad because Mako was in such a bad condition, mentally and physically. “I love Mako. We only have one life and I want us to spend it with the people we love,” she said.
Japanese media reported that Komuros, who met at the University of Tokyo, had secured accommodation in the Big Apple.
Kei’s original plan was to travel to the United States before Mako, with the former princess joining him after getting her first passport, according to reports.
But Kei is staying in Japan longer than expected to attend Mako’s grandfather’s funeral.
The Emperor of Japan has no political power, but is an important symbolic figure. (AFP / OL-6)