Japanese princess Mako married her college sweetheart Kei Komuro, thereby losing her status as king.
Under Japanese law, female members of the imperial family lose their status after marriage to an “ordinary person”, although male members do not.
He also skipped the usual rites of a royal wedding and refused a payment offered to royal females upon their departure from the family.
She is the first female member of the royal family to jump both.
Princess Mako left her Tokyo residence around 10:00 local time on Tuesday (01:00) to register her marriage, bowing several times to her parents, Crown Prince Fumihito and Crown Princess Kiko. He also hugged his younger sister before leaving, Kyodo reported.
The couple is expected to hold a press conference later on Tuesday where they will make a brief opening statement and give written answers to five selected questions that had been submitted in advance.
This is because the princess “feels a strong sense of anxiety” at having to verbally answer questions, the Japanese Imperial Household Agency (IHA) said.
Over the years there has been excessive media coverage around the couple, which has caused the princess to suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder, the IHA previously said.
Princess Mako’s relationship has been the subject of controversy in the country.
She was engaged to Mr. Komuro in 2017 and the two were to get married the following year. But the marriage was delayed following news of Mr. Komuro’s mother’s financial problems – she had reportedly taken out a loan from her ex-boyfriend and had not repaid it.
The palace denied that the delay was related to this, although Crown Prince Fumihito said it was important that money problems were addressed before they got married.
They are expected to move to the United States, where Komuro works as a lawyer, after marriage.
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