After a three-year-long engagement that was agonized and tormented by scandal and media controversies, it is finally coming to an end. Japan’s Princess Mako, the elder daughter of Prince Akishino and Princess Kiko, is all set to marry a commoner in a subdued ritual on Tuesday. The hype of controversies left the 29-year-old niece of the emperor into a Post Traumatic Stress Dysfunction (PTSD).
The announcement of their engagement took place through a press convention at Akasaka East Residence in Tokyo, Japan, on September 3, 2017. The couple was smiling and blushing throughout the press convention. The royal princess is about to marry Kei Komuro, a 30-year-old law graduate who resides in New York.
According to the announcements, the marriage will take place this Tuesday. It will be a very simple and common wedding. Their marriage will primarily incorporate submitting paperwork and holding an information convention post-wedding. In Japan, it is not uncommon for royalty to marry the commoners. Marko even declined the traditional $1.3 million fees granted to the ladies as they left their house.
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At first, the Japanese people appreciated the news of the engagement, which soon turned into a problematic situation. As the tabloids allegedly reported a money scandal involving Komuro’s mother. This changed the scenario and encouraged the media to turn on him.
Due to ambiguous statements from the Imperial Household Agency (IHA), which monitors and runs the royal family’s life, the story spread like a forest fire in Japan. This alerted the mainstream media, who was always skeptical about the activities in the royal household.
“British royals have been pretty clear when they needed to explain things, but ultimately this wasn’t ever clarified,” said Hideya Kawanishi, an associate professor at Nagoya University.