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Princess Mako of Japan marries her commoner boyfriend after resigning from royalty amid major controversy


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Mako and Kei Komuro during a press conference

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The couple held a press conference on Tuesday after the wedding, in which they expressed their mutual feelings.

This Tuesday, Princess Mako of Japan finally married Kei Komuro, her boyfriend since college, thus renouncing her royal status.

Under Japanese law, female members of the imperial family lose their position if they marry a “commoner,” although that rule does not apply to male members.

Mako skipped the traditional rites of a royal wedding and declined the payment offered to royal women when they retire from the family.

She is the first female member of the royal family to refuse both customs.


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