Tokyo: Japanese princess Mako will marry her fiancé, a former college classmate, on October 26, after years of intense scrutiny and criticism that cast an unflattering light on their engagement.
Emperor Naruhito’s 29-year-old niece got engaged to 29-year-old Kei Komuro in 2017, and the two initially wowed audiences with their smiles at a press conference to announce the event.
But tabloid reports soon emerged of a financial dispute between Komuro’s mother and her ex-fiancé, and in early 2018 the marriage was postponed. In August of that year, Komuro left to attend law school in the United States and did not return until Monday.
The Imperial Household Agency, which runs the life of the royal family, announced the wedding date at a press conference on Friday afternoon.
They also said the princess suffers from a form of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), the Kyodo news agency reported, echoing the plight of Empress Masako, who for years has struggled with what has been called an “adjustment disorder.” “.
Mako will leave the royal family upon marrying, as is customary. None of the ceremonies that usually accompany a royal marriage will take place and the princess will waive a one-time payment of 110 million Japanese yen ($ 1.4 million) to which she is entitled, media have reported.
The couple will register their marriage with a local government office, with the imperial family records adjusted to reflect that Princess Mako left.
The controversy over the couple’s marriage began when a tabloid reported claims by a former boyfriend of Komuro’s mother that the mother and son had failed to pay a debt of approximately $ 48,000. Komuro has said that her mother’s ex-fiancé provided the money as a gift, not a loan.