Japan’s Princess Mako has given up her royal status to marry Kei Komuro, her college boyfriend.

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According to the Imperial Household Agency, which runs the family’s lives, the marriage document for Mako and Kei was submitted by a palace official to a local office registry on Tuesday, making the union official.

Mako skipped the usual rites of a royal wedding and also turned down a payment offered to royal females upon their departure from the family — becoming the first female member of the royal family to decline both.

Under Japanese law, female imperial family members forfeit their status upon marriage to a “commoner”.

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After their marriage, the couple is expected to move to the United States where Kei works as a lawyer.

The duo’s move has attracted heated criticism, with a protest ensuing in Japan on Tuesday against the couple’s marriage.

It also prompted commentaries that likened the pair to the well-publicised revolt of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry within the British royal family.

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Speaking with journalists, Mako apologised for any trouble brought to the people by her marriage.

“I am very sorry for the inconvenience caused and I am grateful for those who have continued to support me. For me, Kei is irreplaceable. marriage was a necessary choice for us,” the princess was quoted as saying.

In turn, Komuro was quoted to have said: “I love Mako. We only get one life, and I want us to spend it with the one we love. I feel sad that Mako has been in a bad condition, mentally and physically, because of the false accusations.”

The lovebirds had earlier planned on getting married in 2018.

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It was, however, gathered that their union had — over the years — been plagued by controversy and widespread disapproval.



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