Almost 4 years after saying their intentions, Japan’s reply to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will tie the knot on Oct. 26. Princess Mako and her scandal-ridden school sweetheart, Kei Komuro, will wed in a civil ceremony forgoing the same old royal hoopla, the Imperial family introduced Friday.
Mako’s choice to marry a commoner will value her her crown. Japan’s strict lineage guidelines imply that feminine royals can’t marry commoners, however male royals can, which is claimed to have angered the princess a lot she is not going to settle for the $1.35 million taxpayer payoff that Japanese feminine royalty get after they abdicate. The 29-year-old, who’s the granddaughter of former Emperor Akihito, is the primary in Japan’s royal household to refuse the present.
Mako and Komuro—whose ponytail he grew throughout regulation faculty in America has sparked its personal scandal in Japanese tabloids—first introduced they deliberate to wed in 2017. However a monetary scandal involving his divorced mom and her lover delayed the nuptials. Komuro’s mom is alleged to have used cash from her companion to pay for regulation faculty at Fordham College in New York for her son. Earlier than courting the princess, Komuro was a male mannequin known as “Prince of the Sea” in numerous advert campaigns for a seaside tourism marketing campaign within the Tokyo suburb of Fujisawa.
The scandal has sparked comparisons to Harry and Meghan, who left royal life within the U.Okay. to pursue their careers in U.S. However in Japan, the place the Imperial household hardly ever makes headlines, the scandal of the rogue princess and her frequent lover has captured consideration. When Komuro arrived in Narita airport close to Tokyo from New York this week, greater than 150 reporters and paparazzi met him on the airport, in keeping with native media experiences.
After the easy wedding ceremony, the 2 will transfer to New York Metropolis, the place Komuro has already secured a place in a regulation agency that has not been named.