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Princess Mako Loses Royal Status After Marrying Boyfriend Kei Komuro

In 2018, Komuro left for New York to attend law school at Fordham University School of Law. But when he returned to Japan last month, he continued to receive judgment, including for sporting a ponytail. 

Over the course of their relationship, the has couple faced intense media scrutiny, attacks on social media and a lack of public support. And earlier this month, the Imperial House Agency announced that Mako had been diagnosed post-traumatic stress disorder.

At the Oct. 26 press conference, Mako thanked the supporters who did stand by them. “I acknowledge that there are various opinions about our marriage. I feel very sorry for the people to whom we gave trouble,” she said, per The New York Times. “I’m grateful for the people who have been quietly concerned about us, or those who continued supporting us without being confused by baseless information.”

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