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Japan’s Princess Mako, 30, formally registered her marriage with her lawyer boyfriend, Kei Komuro, 30, on October 26, after a four-year engagement.

Mako is the niece of Emperor Naruhito and a member of the Imperial Family, while Kei comes from a single-parent family, having been brought up by his mother after his father died while he was in elementary school. Mako and Kei first met each other in university.

The couple’s union stirred up a media frenzy in Japan after their engagement was first announced in 2017, with tabloids reporting that Kei’s mother owed a large sum of money to her former fiancé.

The debt totalled S$35,000, and the media jumped on the reports, painting Kei and his family as a bunch of swindlers. 

Their marriage was then postponed indefinitely amidst the intense media scrutiny. Kei has since come forward with a 24-page explanation and later reportedly said he would pay a settlement to his mother's former fiancé.

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