Speaking to the media for the first time after the couple registered their marriage, Ms. Mako said, “To me, Kei-san is an invaluable person. For us, our marriage was a necessary choice to live while cherishing our hearts. “
Mr. Komuro said: “I love Mako. You only live once, and I want to spend my life with someone I love. I hope to have a warm family with Mako-san, and I will continue to do everything to support her.
The couple made their marriage official on Tuesday morning, after which Ms Mako lost her royal status as required by Japanese law. The union has been heavily criticized on the home front. The wedding was not a lavish royal affair and did not have elaborate rituals such as a grand reception hosted by the Imperial Family of Japan.
They spoke to reporters soon after, at their first press conference in a few years, saying the union was a “necessary choice”. Although they did not answer any questions, they provided written answers to questions submitted by reporters beforehand.
Their marriage divided public opinion in Japan and was delayed by more than three years. Their engagement was officially announced in 2017 and they were initially scheduled to get married in 2018.
The Imperial Household said the delay was due to a lack of preparation, but reports said this was due to Mr Komuro’s mother’s $ 36,000 (£ 26,000) debt, which she did not would not have reimbursed her former fiance. Mr Komuro said the money was a gift and not a loan, but it is still unclear whether the dispute has been resolved.
Ms. Mako said the negative and “incorrect” reporting about her husband hurt her and caused her a lot of fear and stress.
She added, “I sincerely hope that our society will be a place where more people can live and protect their hearts with the warm help and support of others. “
Earlier this month, palace doctors said Ms Mako was suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder as a result of the negative coverage of her marriage and the attacks on Mr Komuro.
“I am very sad that Mako is in a bad state, mentally and physically, because of the false accusations,” Komuro said at the press conference.
The couple, both 30, thanked those who had supported their union. They will now move to New York, where Mr. Komuro works in a law firm.
Mrs. Mako is the niece of Emperor Naruhito. She met Mr. Komuro while attending Tokyo International Christian University in 2012. She will now take her husband’s last name as prescribed by Japanese law, and is no longer a princess.
The Imperial Royal Household only allows male succession, and women who marry commoners are required to relinquish their royal status.
Ms Mako also refused a payment of 150million yen (around £ 985,000) normally made to female members of the Japanese royal family who marry commoners and leave the family upon marriage. She is the first woman in the royal family to deny both the rituals of a royal wedding and the monetary gift.
Additional reports by agencies