Japan’s Princess Mako Gives up Royal Title Following her WeddingNovember 24, 2021
Japan’s Princess Make, the niece of emperor Nahurito, finally said “I Do” to her long-term boyfriend on Tuesday. Theirs was a very low-key wedding ceremony in Tokyo – with no royal traditions. It has been a long time coming, seeing that they had to wait for three years, following tabloid scandals involving Komuro’s mother.
After the wedding, Mako lost her royal status since her husband, Komuro is a commoner. Besides losing her royal status, she also forwent the money female royals receive (about $1.3 million) after marrying a commoner.
Her husband, Kei Komuro, is a 30-year-old recent law graduate. Surprisingly, they registered their marriage at a government office rather than spending the taxpayer’s money on a lavish wedding. They are expected to leave Japan for the United States soon to start a new life.
Following this wedding, the media in Japan and beyond couldn’t help but compare their exit from royal life to Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. According to palace officials, Mako has had a challenging time escaping the attacks on her, her husband, and their families.
Other Key Facts About the Marriage
- Mako was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) earlier in the year following the scrutiny from tabloids
- Mako took her husband’s surname
- Mako described her husband as a priceless person and the marriage as a necessary choice for both of them
Their marriage has also attracted attention to the imminent success crisis for the Japanese monarchy. The main challenge is the fact that only males can inherit the throne. That now only leaves Mako’s 15-year-old brother the sole heir to the throne of his generation. That also raises questions about gender equality in the overall Japanese society.
The size of the imperial family reduced drastically following changes to Japanese law after World War II. Currently, the royal family only has 17 members, and only five of them are male. That leaves the future of the royalty very bleak since the family will continue shrinking as the female members marry. Although the Japanese government has tried to look into the problem before, nothing has been conclusive yet.