Written by By Meg Wagner, CNN
The former Japanese princess whose royal title was stripped two years ago has moved from Tokyo to the United States with her husband.
Sayaka — whose full name is Sayako Otsuka — left the house she shared with her husband Prince Akishino after they tied the knot in December. Sayaka, now 57, wore a flowing aquamarine gown with black blouse and pantyhose as she arrived at JFK International Airport in New York City on Wednesday.
She reportedly told officials of her decision to move to the US last fall, a spokesperson for her former Imperial Household Agency, Misaki Kanemaru, told CNN at the time.
Sayaka did not change her name upon marrying Prince Akishino, whose full name is Akishino Kenichi, according to the Reuters news agency. She uses Akishino as her surname and Akishino Kenichi to avoid controversy regarding dual citizenship.
Sayaka lives in TriBeCa, a trendy neighborhood in New York City, with her husband and their two teenage children.
Former imperial princess was stripped of her title after news of alleged affair emerged
Japan’s former imperial household agency ruled that Sayaka should not hold the title of princess because she was unfaithful, ostensibly to Akishino.
But Sayaka has steadfastly denied the allegations, which came to light in 2018 after the prince’s parents revealed that their son had been unfaithful to his wife in 2013. After the report was revealed, Akishino and Sayaka were formally banished from their royal title and were ordered to remain outside the country.
Sayaka will not be able to visit Japan on official visits, and she and Akishino won’t be recognized by the Japanese government.
Officials announced in December that they would change the law to allow Sayaka to keep her title after facing criticism from the public and lawmakers who called for her to keep it.
Sayaka shares a parents with Prince Henrik, who was Denmark’s Prince Consort until his death last May.