Japan’s former princess gets her first job in the US after giving up the crown for love

Japan’s former princess Mako Komuro, who lost her royal status last year after marrying commoner Kei Komuro, is believed to be working at the Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art in New York.

The 30-year-old princess married Mr Komuro at a Tokyo registry office on October 26. She waived the usual customs of a royal wedding and refused a payment of 140 million yen (£890,000) to which she was entitled as a royal woman leaving the imperial family.

Ms Komuro is not on staff at the Met and only volunteers, according to Japan time.

She worked on an exhibition of hanging scroll paintings inspired by the life of Ippen (1239-1289), a monk who traveled through Japan during the Kamakura period (1192-1333) introducing Buddhism to the masses by chanting prayers while dancing.

The former princess is said to have used her background in art history by organizing work at the museum.

She graduated in Art and Cultural Heritage from Tokyo International Christian University. She also studied Art History at the University of Edinburgh and holds an MA in Museum Studies and Art Galleries from the University of Leicester.

She also worked as a special researcher at the Tokyo University Museum when she was still a member of the royal family.

After their marriage, the couple moved to the United States to live in New York, where Mr. Komuro works as a lawyer. In November, just days after their wedding, there were reports that Mr Komuro had failed his bar exam.

The couple, who are the same age, met in 2012 when they were students at the International Christian University in Tokyo.

When they first announced their engagement in 2017, the princess and Komuro were described as a perfect match. However, the mood changed following a financial scandal and the couple found themselves in the eye of a media storm.

The princess has been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder following extensive media coverage of her life and relationship over the years.

After her wedding, she defended her choice at a press conference and said, “I’m so sorry for the inconvenience and I’m grateful to those… who continued to support me. For me, Kei is irreplaceable – marriage was a necessary choice for us.

She is the eldest daughter of Crown Prince Fumihito and the niece of the reigning Emperor Naruhito.

Japanese law states that female members of the imperial family must relinquish their royal status if they marry a “commoner” – male members, on the other hand, can retain their royal status.

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