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Princess Mako, new hubby move to New York after royal family exit – New York Post

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Former Japanese Princess Mako moved with her new hubby, commoner Kei Komuro, to the Big Apple on Sunday to start a new life after she exited the royal family.

The couple, who wed on Oct. 26 in an intensely-scrutinized ceremony, was seen boarding a plane from Tokyo’s Haneda Airport to fly to New York on Sunday morning.

Mako and Komuro, both 30, will reportedly settle into a one-bedroom apartment in Gotham.

Komuro has a job as a clerk at a New York law firm. However, he has yet to pass the state’s bar exam, a professional setback that Japanese media have used to attack him.

Meanwhile, the former princess is in the process of securing a visa so she can also work in the US, Japanese public broadcaster NHK reported.

The couple will be financially independent after Mako turned down a $1.23 million payment that she was entitled to upon leaving the royal family.

Princess Mako (right) and her husband Kei Komuro (left) during a press conference to announce their wedding at Grand Arc Hotel on October 26, 2021 in Tokyo.
Princess Mako (right) and her husband Kei Komuro (left) during a press conference to announce their wedding at Grand Arc Hotel on October 26, 2021 in Tokyo.
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According to sources, Kei Komuro has yet to pass the New York State bar exam, a failure the Japanese media has used to attack him on several occasions.
According to sources, Kei Komuro has yet to pass the New York State bar exam, a failure the Japanese media has used to attack him on several occasions.
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Mako Komuro, former Japan's Princess Mako and the eldest daughter of Crown Prince Akishino and Crown Princess Kiko, arrives with her husband Kei from Tokyo to start their new life in the U.S. at JFK International airport in New York.
Mako Komuro, former Japan’s Princess Mako and the eldest daughter of Crown Prince Akishino and Crown Princess Kiko, arrives with her husband Kei from Tokyo to start their new life in the U.S. at JFK International airport in New York.
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She was the first imperial family member since World War II to not take the payment, saying that she rejected it because of the criticism surrounding her marriage.

Mako met Komuro while attending Tokyo’s International Christian University a decade ago.

The former princess’ plans for marriage, which were announced in 2017, were plagued by controversy due to a financial dispute involving Komuro’s mother.

Japan's former princess Mako Komuro (left) and husband Kei Komuro (2nd right) walk to their departure gate for their flight to New York on November 14, 2021.
Japan’s former princess Mako Komuro (left) and husband Kei Komuro (2nd right) walk to their departure gate for their flight to New York on November 14, 2021.
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Japan's former princess Mako Komuro reportedly turned down the $1.23 million payment that she was entitled to upon leaving the royal family.
Japan’s former princess Mako Komuro reportedly turned down the $1.23 million payment that she was entitled to upon leaving the royal family.
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Japan's former princess Mako Komuro boarding a flight bound for New York to start their new life in the U.S.
Japan’s former princess Mako Komuro boarding a flight bound for New York to start their new life in the U.S.
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In a press conference after their wedding ceremony, the couple apologized for any issues caused by their marriage.

“To me, Kei is a very important, indispensable existence,” Mako said.

“Mako and I would like to build a warm, nice family,” Komuro added. “Happy times, unhappy times, we would like to be together, and we will be indispensable to each other.”

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