Japanese Princess to forego one-off million-dollar payment to wed commoner college classmate

Japan’s Princess Mako is set to forego a one-off million-dollar payment for giving up her royal status to wed a college classmate, local media said, clearing the way for a marriage delayed for years by controversy over her fiancé.

The 29-year-old granddaughter of then-Emperor Akihito and her former college classmate, Kei Komuro, announced their engagement in 2017.

But the following year the couple delayed their wedding, saying they had second thoughts about marrying so soon and needed more time to plan their future together.

The Imperial Household at the time said the postponement was due to “lack of preparation.”

Under centuries-old Japanese law, the marriage between a royal and a commoner would require Princess Mako to give up her royal status.

Departing members are also entitled to a one-off payment. However, the government is set to agree that the princess forgo the payment, worth up to $1.35 million for royals giving up their status to marry commoners, amid public criticism over her fiancé, public broadcaster NHK and others said.

NHK said the wedding date may be announced in October.

Japanese Media have said the couple plan to live in the United States.

The Imperial law allows the throne to be passed only to male heirs.