Mako, 30, the eldest daughter of Crown Prince Fumihito and niece of reigning Emperor Naruhito, tied the knot with university sweetheart Kei Komuro, a commoner, in Tokyo after an eight-year engagement – despite many in their native country not supporting the nuptials.
Today, the couple cut casual figures as they were pictured jetting out of Tokyo – with a crowd of spectators and photographers in attendance – bound for the Big Apple.
Mako declined the offer of 140million yen (£890,000) payment to which she was entitled for leaving the imperial family, palace officials said, and is expected to find a job in New York.
Wearing white facemasks and pulling suitcases behind them, Mako and Komuro were accompanied by a sizeable entourage, as global media gathered to capture the couple at the airport.
For the long flight to JFK, the former princess opted for a low-key navy blue jumper with button detail and coordinated wide-legged trousers while her new husband wore a cozy knitted green cardigan and navy corduroy trousers.