To marry a young man from the common people .. a Japanese princess gives up her royal title and a million dollars
Japan's Princess Mako will forgo $1 million in exchange for losing her royal title at her scheduled marriage to a classmate, paving the way for a marriage that has been delayed for years by a controversy over the princess's fiancé, media reported today.
Mako, 29, the granddaughter of the abdicated Emperor Akihito, announced her engagement to Kei Komuro in 2017. But the marriage was postponed after reports of a financial dispute between Komuro's mother and her ex-fiancé.
Japan's public broadcaster NHK said the government would agree to the princess waive an amount of up to 150 million yen ($1.35 million) in exchange for the emperor's family members giving up their titles to marry the public, in light of public criticism of her fiancé.
The authority stated that the wedding date may be announced in October.
There was no comment from officials of the Imperial Household Agency.
One of the Japanese media had expected the marriage to be imminent, and said that Komuro appeared in New York recently with his hair in a ponytail, which angered some Twitter users in Japan.
Media said Mako and her fiancé planned to live in the United States.
Under Japanese law, which limits the jurisdiction of the imperial throne to males, females of the emperor's family are deprived of their titles if they marry commoners.Keywords: