Former Japanese Princess Mako of Akishino, who relinquished her title to marry a commoner, has moved into a one-bedroom apartment in Hell’s Kitchen.
Mako, who took her husband’s last name Kei Komuro, moved to New York after a short stint in a Tokyo apartment after their wedding in October, according to the New York Post.
Komuro recently graduated from Fordham University with a law degree this year and works at Lowenstein Sander in New York. The ex-royal is in the process of obtaining a visa to work in the United States.
One-bedroom units in the 52nd Street building are renting for at least $ 4,300 per month. Facilities include a rooftop lounge, gym, spa, library and golf simulator.
The couple married in a government office in late October, making her the first member of the Imperial family to be married outside of a formal ceremony.
Mako is also the first family member since World War II to deny payment to women leaving the family. The move came amid public criticism of the marriage and a financial dispute involving her husband’s mother.
The Japanese public seems divided over the wedding, according to the Guardian. A Mainichi newspaper poll found that 38% of those polled supported it, 35% opposed and the remaining 26% were not interested.
A Japanese weekly magazine, meanwhile, found that only five percent of those polled said they wanted to celebrate the wedding.
The couple’s decision to marry and Mako’s decision to leave the family have made some comparisons to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s exit from the British Royal Family last year. The couple were not required by law to leave the family to get married, just like Mako and Komuro, but they also gave up a significant income when they left the family.
They have since moved to Santa Barbara, California, not far from where Markle grew up.
[NYP] – Denis lynch