Japan’s Former Princess Leaves for US with Commoner Husband

A Japanese princess who gave up her royal status to marry her commoner college sweetheart arrived in New York, as the couple left behind a nation that has criticized their romance.

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Japan's former Princess Mako, left, the elder daughter of Crown Prince Akishino, takes her mask off at a boarding gate to board an airplane to New York with her husband Kei Komuro, not in picture, Sunday, Nov. 14, 2021, at Tokyo International Airport in Tokyo. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)
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TOKYO (AP) — A Japanese princess who gave up her royal status to marry her commoner college sweetheart arrived in New York on Sunday, as the couple pursued happiness as newlyweds and left behind a nation that has criticized their romance. The departure of Mako Komuro, the former Princess Mako, and Kei Komuro, both 30, was carried live by major Japanese broadcasters, showing them boarding a plane amid a flurry of camera flashes at Haneda…

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