Japan’s former Princess Mako is now believed to be an unpaid volunteer at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York after giving up her titles – and a $1.3million payment – to marry her “commoner” girlfriend from the city. ‘university.

Mako Komuro, 30, works in the iconic museum’s Asian art collection, helping to put together an exhibition of paintings inspired by the life of a 13th-century monk who introduced Buddhism to Japan, according to the Japan time.

The Upper East Side Museum is a 10-minute drive from the luxurious one-bedroom apartment in Hell’s Kitchen that she shares with her husband and aspiring lawyer Kei Komuro, 30.

The couple were engaged for eight years before getting married last October in a small civil ceremony in Tokyo.

Because only male members of the Japanese imperial family are allowed to marry non-royals, Mako’s decision to marry for love means she is no longer considered a princess and not all future sons will be. in the line of succession for the Emperor.

Mako and Kei met in 2013 when they were both studying at the International Christian University outside Tokyo, where she studied art and cultural heritage. She then worked as a special researcher at the Tokyo University Museum.

Japan’s former Princess Mako, seen above leaving for a trip to South America in July 2019, now works as an unpaid volunteer at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

Mako, 30, gave up her royal titles after marrying her boyfriend

Mako, 30, renounced her royal titles after marrying her “commoner” boyfriend Kei Komuro in Tokyo last October. Above, the couple announce their engagement in 2017

Mako is said to work in the museum's Asian art collection.  She studied art and cultural heritage at the International Christian University outside Tokyo, where she met her husband

Mako is said to work in the museum’s Asian art collection. She studied art and cultural heritage at the International Christian University outside Tokyo, where she met her husband

She also studied Art History at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland and completed an MA in Art Museum and Gallery Studies at the University of Leicester in England in 2016. People reports.

She’s qualified and probably takes care of the pieces in the collection. In general, it’s work that requires a lot of preparation and often involves spending a lot of time in the library,” a former Met curator told People magazine.

Representatives for the museum did not immediately respond to questions from DailyMail.com.

Mako is the daughter of Crown Prince Fumihito and the niece of the reigning Japanese Emperor Naruhito.

The ex-princess and Kei Komuro “unofficially got engaged” in 2017 and planned to tie the knot in November 2018.

The news was initially greeted with joy in Japan, but then scandal erupted when it was discovered that Kei’s widowed mother, Kayo, had failed to repay a $35,000 loan from a former fiancé. , which was partly intended to pay for his son’s school fees.

This led critics to suggest that Komuro only married the princess for money or fame.

Komuro posted a 24-page explanation of the money – claiming it was a gift, not a loan. Eventually he said he would pay it back, although it is not known if the money was returned.

Despite the turmoil, Kei and Mako’s love endured. In 2020, she pleaded with the Japanese public to support her decision to marry the commoner.

Princess Mako, above at Emperor Naruhito's enthronement ceremony, renounced her titles because only male members of the Japanese Imperial family are allowed to marry non-royals

Princess Mako, above at Emperor Naruhito’s enthronement ceremony, renounced her titles because only male members of the Japanese Imperial family are allowed to marry non-royals

Mako left his home at Akasaka Estate in Tokyo on October 26, above, and landed at JFK in New York on November 14

Mako left his home at Akasaka Estate in Tokyo on October 26, above, and landed at JFK in New York on November 14

The former princess was spotted shopping for essentials for her luxurious one-bedroom apartment she shares with her new husband in Hell's Kitchen

The former princess was spotted shopping for essentials for her luxurious one-bedroom apartment she shares with her new husband in Hell’s Kitchen

Mako, above, on November 20, refused the 140 million yen ($1.3 million) payment she was entitled to for leaving the imperial family, palace officials said

Mako, above, on November 20, refused the 140 million yen ($1.3 million) payment she was entitled to for leaving the imperial family, palace officials said

“We are irreplaceable to each other – someone to rely on during happy and unhappy times,” she said, announcing that the wedding would take place.

“Thus, a marriage is a necessary choice for us to live while cherishing and protecting our feelings.”

The couple tied the knot last October, with the Imperial Household Agency explaining that the couple didn’t want a big wedding ‘because their marriage isn’t celebrated by many people’.

Before landing in the United States on November 14, Mako refused the $1.3 million payment she was entitled to for leaving the imperial family, palace officials said.

The newlyweds live in an apartment in Manhattan’s Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood.

While the unit is one bedroom, the building is a luxury residential tower that offers a fitness center equipped with Peloton bikes, yoga studio, screening room, in-house spa, golf simulator section , landscaped terraces with barbecues and table tennis, a library curated by Strand Book Store and a 24-hour lobby.

According to the building’s website, one-bedroom apartments are available for rent for $4,809 per month. A two-bedroom apartment in the building would cost the tenant $7,085 per month.

The couple tied the knot last October, with the Imperial Household Agency explaining the pair didn't want a big wedding

The couple tied the knot last October, with the Imperial Household Agency explaining that the couple didn’t want a big wedding ‘because their marriage isn’t celebrated by many people’

The couple's apartment - near Mako's new concert at the Met Museum - offers one-bedroom units to rent for $4,809 a month

The couple’s apartment – near Mako’s new concert at the Met Museum – offers one-bedroom units to rent for $4,809 a month

Mako’s husband, Kei, is now trying to take the New York State bar exam to become a lawyer after failing last summer.

He first took the test last July, three months before he married Mako, but it was revealed in November that he had failed.

He took the test again in February, but the results have not been released.

Komuro’s last attempt at the bar exam came less than a year after he first sat for the test last July, when he had the option to take the test remotely.

This time, no remote option was available to applicants.

Kei Komuro, 30, is trying to become a lawyer and sat for the New York State bar exam for the second time in February after failing last year.

Kei Komuro, 30, is trying to become a lawyer and sat for the New York State bar exam for the second time in February after failing last year.

Like he did last year, Komuro will now face an agonizing wait of months to find out if his second attempt at the exam was successful or not.

According to Japanese broadcaster NHK, Komuro phoned attorney Okuno Yoshihiko, the head of a law firm in Japan where he previously worked, to tell him that he had failed the first exam.

If he fails again, Komuro will have to wait until July to retake the exam, which is only offered twice a year.

He can take the test as many times as he wants until he passes – since New York State places no restrictions on the number of attempts a candidate can make.