Former Japanese princess Mako, who in October married fellow university student Kei Komuro and left the imperial family, has traveled to the United States, Kyodo news agency reported.
The couple flew out of Tokyo’s Haneda Airport on November 14. The newlyweds plan to live in New York, where the princess’ ex-husband works. Komuro previously studied in the United States and got a job as a lawyer in an American firm.
Under the Imperial Family Act of 1947, non-royal women must renounce their imperial status if they marry commoners. Princess Mako also waived a government grant of 150 million yen (more than $1.3 million).
The couple’s departure came amid a financial dispute between Komuro’s mother and her ex-fiancé, to whom she owes four million yen (about 2.5 million rubles). The dispute was settled on November 13: Komuro settled the dispute by promising to pay the required amount.
Mako and Kei Komuro have known each other since 2012, but critics considered the young man inappropriate, as the wedding was postponed several times.