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Princess Mako: Sad sight! Family shares first portrait without her

Princess Mako
Family publishes first official portrait without her

Princess Mako

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Princess Mako lost not only her title but also her place in her family after her wedding. The new portrait of her parents and siblings will be a painful sight for the ex-royal living in exile.

It was a wedding with consequences. On October 26, 2021, Princess Mako, 30, said I do with commoner Kei Komuro, 30, in Tokyo. Without glamor, without guests. And without a party. Instead, the newlyweds had to explain themselves in a press conference and apologize for their marriage, while numerous citizens outside protested against their connection.

It was the last time Mako appeared as a princess. Just weeks later, she said goodbye to her family and her old life in Japan and traveled to New York with her husband. Here the couple want to dare a new start – far away from the imperial court and the royal constraints.

Princess Mako: This photo is a stab in the heart

In Japan, meanwhile, normal life goes on. And so Mako’s family did not miss the opportunity to publish a current family portrait at the beginning of the new year – without their daughter living in exile. You can see Japan’s Crown Prince Akishino, 56, Crown Princess Kiko, 55, and their children, Mako’s siblings, Princess Kako, 27, and Prince Hisahito, 15. There is no trace of Mako.

Japan's Crown Prince Akishino (front left), Crown Princess Kiko (front right) and their children Princess Kako and Prince Hisahito pose for a new family portrait at their residence in Tokyo on December 11, 2021.

Japan’s Crown Prince Akishino (front left), Crown Princess Kiko (front right) and their children Princess Kako and Prince Hisahito pose for a new family portrait at their residence in Tokyo on December 11, 2021.

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A sight that should not be easy for Mako. After all, despite all odds, she is part of her family. But with her controversial wedding, she left this place behind forever.

Mako lives in exile after a controversial wedding

Princess Mako and Kei Komuro had to wait a long time for their wedding to be approved. The reason: Kei is middle-class, and his family had financial problems, which did not shed a good light on his connection to Japan’s princess. But Mako stuck to her love – and after her marriage not only renounced her title, but also around 1.3 million US dollars (1.1 million euros). According to Japanese law, a princess who loses her status due to a wedding is traditionally entitled to a government payout.

Mako now lives with Kei in a luxurious one-room apartment in the trendy New York district of Hell’s Kitchen, as reported by the British newspaper “Daily Mail”, among others. However, it is not yet known what career plans the 30-year-old has in her new home. The only thing that is certain is that Mako will not be available for disclosure interviews à la Duchess Meghan, 40, and Prince Harry, 37.

Source used: dailymail.co.uk, Associated Press

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