A former Japanese princess has arrived in New York to prepare to start her new life.

Mako Komuro gave up her royal status to marry commoner Kei Komuro. The couple was spotted at John F. Kennedy International Airport surrounded by security as they made their way to their car. They are currently renting an apartment in New York City.

The couple met when they were both students at the International Christian University in Tokyo.

Kei proposed over dinner in 2013, and the couple maintained a long-distance relationship in the years that followed. They originally planned to marry in 2017 but had to postpone the wedding due to financial concerns.

They were eventually able to marry in October but chose to have a smaller wedding without all the fanfare and press of traditional royal weddings.

Mako had to give up her royal status in order to marry Kei, since he was an ordinary citizen in Japan but does not regret her decision.

“I am very sorry for the inconvenience caused and I am grateful for those who have continued to support me,” she said. “For me, Kei is irreplaceable — marriage was a necessary choice for us.”

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