TOKYO: Japanese Princess Mako is set to get hitched with a former classmate amid criticism as the 29-year-old’s royal status will deprive soon after the anti-traditional move, Japan’s state-run broadcaster said Friday.
The first child and elder daughter of Prince Fumihito and Princess Kiko was recently diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder and has been under enormous pressure since she revealed her engagement with Kei Komuro – her classmate. The development will make Mako the first royal family member to tie a commoner.
The event, scheduled for October 26, will not hold with the traditional elegance of a royal wedding while the duo planned to settle in New York following the marriage. Many reports titled them ‘Harry and Meghan of Japan’.
Unwanted media coverage caused Mako to suffer from a psychiatric disorder, per the reports of the Imperial Household Agency. It further added that her princess aunt also suffered from a stress-related illness.
Reports cited that Mako and Kei Komuro first met in 2012 at the International Christian University in the Japanese capital and planned to marry three years back from now, but the event was delayed amid reports that the latter’s family suffered a financial crunch.
Earlier, the royal family negated that the delay was linked to financial difficulties, although Crown Prince said, “it was important for the money issues to be dealt with before they got married”.
The Japanese Princess will likely miss out on traditional payment of around $1.3 million – a royal ritual in which the family member got the lump sum payment upon the departure.
In the meanwhile, the groom-to-be landed in the Japanese capital after an absence of three years also garnered a lot of media attention after spotting with a ponytail while some believed that Kei was not fit to marry the royal family member.
Previously, he took the bar exam after completing his studies at Fordham Law School. Kei is currently working as a clerk in a law office in the US, per reports.
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