Former Princess Mako’s young husband Kei Komuro failed the New York state bar exam, a source familiar with the matter said on Saturday.
Komuro, who plans to start a new life with Emperor Naruhito’s niece in New York City as early as next month, is expected to retake the exam, possibly in February, according to the source.
Komuro’s name was not found on the latest passing list released by the exam host on Friday, days after their wedding.
Kei Komuro. (Kyodo)
Komuro has already started working as a legal assistant at a New York law firm after graduating as a Juris Doctor from Fordham University Law School in May. He took the bar exam in July.
Of the 9,227 people who took the test, 5,791 passed, according to the exam board.
Those wishing to take the February exam must submit an application between November 1 and November 30.
The couple, both 30, registered their marriage and appeared in the press on Tuesday, four years after their relationship went public.
Reading a prepared statement, the former princess said she asked Komuro to advance her study abroad plans and “create a base (to live) abroad”.
With the couple and their families becoming fodder for tabloids and TV talk shows, she also said she was “horrified, scared and saddened that false information was taken as fact and stories unfounded have spread “.
She was diagnosed with complex post-traumatic stress disorder caused by what she described as psychological abuse the couple and their families suffered, the Imperial Household Agency recently said.
The eldest daughter of Crown Prince Fumihito lost her royal status because imperial household law states that a female member of the imperial family must relinquish her title if she marries a commoner.
The couple, who are currently staying in a condominium in Tokyo, visited a driver’s license center on Thursday, apparently to file documents as part of their preparations for leaving Japan.
The wedding had been delayed by nearly three years following a series of reports of a financial dispute involving Komuro’s mother that led the couple to forgo traditional ceremonies associated with a royal wedding.
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Former Japanese Princess Mako, a niece of Emperor Naruhito, and her husband Kei Komuro are pictured after meeting the press at a Tokyo hotel on October 26, 2021. They got married earlier today and she became Mako Komuro under a family register with Komuro. (Pool photo) (Kyodo) == Kyodo