Princess Mako’s husband fails New York bar exam in financial setback for couple’s future
The husband of Japan’s Princess Mako appears to have failed the New York bar exam, scuppering the couple’s plans to live off his lawyer’s salary after quitting the imperial family and moving to the United States.
The former royal married university sweetheart Kei Komuro in a low-key ceremony last week.
They decided to leave Japan after vicious media coverage of their union, focusing on a financial scandal involving Komuro’s mother, which the family says has since been resolved. Royal women automatically lose their status upon marriage to a commoner.
Their dreams of life stateside suffered a setback as Mr Komuro’s name does not appear on the list of 6,000 successful candidates released on the website of the New York State Board of Law Examiners. Sources told Japanese media that he had failed the exam.