- Princess Mako of Japan and her long-term sweetheart Kei Komuro are officially married against all odds
- The wedding is a culmination of eight years of dating that has been marred with criticism from members of the public and the media
- On top of losing her royal status, Mako relinquished £1million (KSh 153 million) payment which she was entitled to
Japan's Princess Mako has walked out of the royal circles and married commoner boyfriend Kei Komuro, giving up her title for the sake of love.
The 30-year-old walked down the aisle with the university sweetheart in Tokyo on Tuesday, a culmination of their eight-year engagement
Mako was compelled to relinquish her royal title in line with Japanese traditions around marrying commoners.
She also gave up £1 million (N565,884,695) payment which she was initially entitled to as a departing royal.
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All for love
For the first time in her life, the former princess will now have a surname attached to her maiden name, from the Princess of Akishino to simply Mako Komuro.
As much as the ceremony was devoid of royal pomp and grandeur, it was attended by her parents Crown Prince Akishino, Crown Princess Kiko, and sister Princess Kako.
The bride issued a statement after the wedding indicating that she was sorry for any distress her decision may have caused the family.
She also criticised the media for spreading false information about her husband, something that not only caused her sadness but also contributed to her suffering Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
Daily Mail reports that Mako and Kei have were set to marry three years ago but pushed the ceremony forward following a financial scandal involving Kei's mother.
The newlyweds are expected to relocate to the US and start a new life together.
How Prince Harry and Meghan Markle permanently resigned from royal duties
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported how Prince Harry and Meghan Markle permanently resigned from royal duties.
The Queen recently revealed in a statement that Duchess Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have made the decision to permanently resign from their royal duties and be relieved of all of their royal titles.
The couple, who are expecting baby number two, decided in 2019 to take a step away from the royal life. During their absence, they have reviewed their roles as a Duchess and a Prince and decided that they no longer fit these titles and cannot fulfil the obligations that come with them.