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Japan’s former princess, left for New York after relinquishing her title

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Japan’s former princess Mako has departed for the US with her new “commoner” husband, Kei Komuro, after leaving the royal family, according to the BBC.

There was minimal pageantry as the college sweethearts, who wed last month, left from Tokyo airport on Sunday morning.

They will rent an apartment in New York where Mr Komuro works at a law firm.

Under Japanese law, female imperial family members forfeit their status upon marriage to a “commoner”.

The pair were heavily guarded by police and airport security as they strolled though the departure terminal. They passed about 100 journalists who were there to witness them leave, but did not respond to questions.

Their move to New York had long been rumoured and Mako, who took her husband’s name upon their marriage, is reportedly expected to find a job in the city.

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