Princess Mako and her commoner husband ‘to live in a one-bedroom apartment’ after the Japanese royal gave up her royal status and left the imperial estate in Tokyo

Princess Mako and her commoner husband ‘to live in a one-bedroom apartment’ after the Japanese royal gave up her royal status and left the imperial estate in Tokyo



Princess Mako and her new husband are reportedly going to live together in a one-bedroom New York City apartment after she gave up her royal title and left her family's imperial estate in Tokyo.



Mako, 30, the eldest daughter of Crown Prince Fumihito and niece of reigning Emperor Naruhito, tied the knot with university sweetheart Kei Komuro, a commoner, in Tokyo on Tuesday October 26, after an eight-year engagement.



Under Japanese law, female imperial family members forfeit their status upon marriage to a "commoner" although male members do not.



The couple are planning to move into an apartment together in Tokyo before moving to the U.S, where Komuro works as a lawyer at the New-Jersey based law firm Lowenstein Sandler LLP.







Mako, who previously lived in the imperial residence of Akasaka Estate in Tokyo, and her new husband are planning to rent a one-bedroom apartment which they would finance themselves, reports Japanese broadcaster NHK.



The cost of rent for a single bedroom apartments in New York's most sought after neighbourhoods, such as the West Village in lower Manhattan, ranges from $3,000 (£2,200) to $11,000 (£8,000) per month.



Mako declined the offer of 140million yen (£890,000) payment to which she was entitled for leaving the imperial family, palace officials said, and is expected to find a job in New York.



She is the first imperial family member since the Second World War to not receive the payment and chose to do so because of criticism of the marriage.



Mako and Komuro's ceremony, which was reportedly met with protests, was held behind closed doors on Tuesday.Latest Post
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