Former Japanese Princess Mako and her new husband, Kei Komuro, arrived in New York City Sunday to begin their new life in the United States.
Mako, who is the niece of Emperor Naruhito and daughter of his younger brother, Crown Prince Fumihito, gave up her royal title, as well as more than $1 million when leaving the imperial family. The couple married last month.
The couple, both 30, who got married on October 26 in a subdued ceremony, departed from Tokyo’s Haneda Airport on Sunday morning.
In an effort to appease a disapproving public, Mako turned down a one-off million-dollar payout from the government, which she was entitled to as a departing royal.
At a press event after their marriage ceremony last month, the newlyweds apologized for any trouble caused by their marriage and expressed gratitude to those who supported them.
Mako said “To me, Kei is a very important, indispensable existence,”.
“Mako and I would like to build a warm, nice family,” Komuro said. “Happy times, unhappy times, we would like to be together, and we will be indispensable to each other.”