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Japan's Princess Mako marries university sweetheart Kei Komuro

Telegraph, 26 Oct 2021
Japan's Princess Mako married her university sweetheart Kei Komuro on Tuesday, the Imperial household said, but proceedings were kept low-key following years of controversy.

Since announcing their engagement in 2017, the couple have faced tabloid scandals over reports that Mr Komuro's family had run into financial difficulties.

The couple were finally wed on Tuesday morning when an official from the Imperial Household Agency (IHA), which runs the family's lives, submitted paperwork to a local office, foregoing the numerous rituals and ceremonies usual to royal weddings, including a reception.

Like other women in Japan's imperial family, Princess Mako, Emperor Naruhito's niece, cannot ascend the Chrysanthemum Throne, and the princess will also lose her title because she is marrying a commoner. 

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