The Guardian wrote that ‘the scandal surrounding their relationship means this will be a royal wedding like no other’. Mako has reportedly forgone a traditional lump-sum payment of up to 150 million yen (£0.97m) which is typically given to a member of the royal family upon their departure from the household (given it is a payment funded by the taxpayer).
The couple did without an official engagement ceremony nor a formal meeting with Mako’s uncle before the wedding. Instead, they will register their marriage at a government office before moving to New York, where Komuro has lined up a job with a leading law firm.
The couple are expected to continue to attract serious levels of media attention, even in the US. Just before his recent visit to Japan, his first trip home for three years, Komuro was reportedly chased through the streets of New York by Japanese reporters.
Mako’s parents have hardly been effusive in their support. Earlier this month her mother, Crown Princess Kiko, said she would respect her daughter’s feelings ‘as much as possible’, adding: ‘While there have been matters that I could empathise with, there were also areas where our opinions differed.’ As reported in the Guardian, Akishino, who is first in line to the throne, said last December that he ‘approved’ of the marriage, ‘if marriage is what they truly want’.
The BBC writes: ‘Though they are much more low-profile than the British royals, their relationship playing out in the open is a rare spectacle for the world’s longest running hereditary dynasty.’
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