Love conquers all as Princess Mako marries her ‘frog’ prince

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Love conquers all as Princess Mako marries her ‘frog’ prince

Japan princess overcomes a money scandal, a family rift and PTSD to marry her university sweetheart

Elaine Lies

Japan’s Princess Mako will marry a commoner in a subdued ritual on Tuesday, after a three-year engagement plagued by scandal and media speculation which has left the 29-year-old niece of the emperor with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

She will become an ordinary citizen after marrying Kei Komuro, a 30-year-old Japanese law graduate who lives in New York, in line with laws mandating female imperial family members abandon royal status.

Their Tuesday marriage will mainly consist of filing paperwork, then holding a news conference. While marrying out of royalty isn’t uncommon in Japan, the lack of pomp for a royal wedding is. Mako even turned down the usual $1.3m (R18.8m) payment given to women leaving the family...

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