Then Princess Mako leaves the Akasaka Estate in Tokyo’s Minato Ward on Oct. 26, 2021. (Mainichi/Kota Yoshida)
TOKYO — Online slander and critical media coverage of the marriage of former Princess Mako to college sweetheart Kei Komuro, both 30, has persisted even after the announcement of her complex post-traumatic stress disorder (C-PTSD) diagnosis.
Former Princess Mako, eldest daughter of Crown Prince Akishino (Fumihito) and niece of Emperor Naruhito, married Komuro on the morning of Oct. 26. Despite her condition reportedly being brought on by continuous exposure to what she feels is slander and attack, abusive online comments continue to be observed even now, including: “Please cancel this marriage already,” “So naive,” and “It’s marriage fraud.” Some online have even accused her of feigning her condition, claiming she is “malingering.”
The doctor who examined then Princess Mako, now Mako Komuro, said at the time of diagnosis, “If she is surrounded by warm support, it could be that her health recovers swiftly.” However, her situation can hardly be said to be improving.
An individual affiliated with the Imperial Household Agency said, “Even after her condition was announced, weekly magazine reporting’s critical tone has barely changed. We’re worried it may affect her recovery.”
Mako reportedly started to feel her “human dignity was being infringed” around 2018 and 2019, but her C-PTSD was not disclosed…