Japan’s Princess Mako is set to forgo a one-time million dollar payment for relinquishing her royal status to marry a classmate, media reported on Saturday, paving the way for a marriage that has been controversially delayed for years on her fiance.
Then-Emperor Akihito’s 29-year-old granddaughter and former classmate Kei Komuro announced their engagement in 2017. But the wedding was postponed after reports of a financial dispute between the mother of Komuro and her former fiance.
The government is set to agree to the princess waiving the payment, worth up to 150 million yen ($ 1.35 million) for members of the royal family renouncing their status to marry commoners, amid public criticism of her fiancé, public broadcaster NHK and others said. NHK said the wedding date could be announced in October.
Imperial Household Agency officials were not immediately available for comment. A Japanese broadcaster, anticipating an impending marriage, recently reunited with Komuro in New York. He was shown sporting a ponytail, a detail that caused an uproar among some Japanese Twitter users.
Media said the couple are planning to live in the United States. Under Japanese male royal succession law, female members of the imperial family lose their status by marrying commoners.
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