Following a quiet wedding ceremony in Tokyo on October 26, 2021, newlyweds Mako and Kei Komuro seem to have finally settled down in their New York home with new jobs, apparently happily enjoying their rather more low key lives as commoners. Before their big day, the two had faced much controversy due to Mako’s giving up her royal status for true love and the bad press faced by Kei. Still, their years-long romance endured and the two now look forward to better days. Reports have also revealed that the former royal declined to accept the US$1.2 million payment she was entitled to for leaving the imperial family. The couple seems to be determined to live as commoners do – which means earning their keep and living off of their salaries. Below, we get a glimpse into what they’ve been up to so far. Inside Meghan Markle’s family nightmare, from lawsuits to TV rants Their new Manhattan home The Komuros now live in a rented flat in Manhattan, New York . According to a Curbed report, they live at 525 West 52nd Street, or simply 525, located at the heart of Hell’s Kitchen. 525 was built in 2017 and is the “newest and priciest building on the block”, with rental fees reaching above US$5,000. The luxury one-bedroom flat is said to be well-serviced with amenities, including a fitness centre, a yoga studio, library, screening room and landscape decks and terraces for barbecues and table tennis, among others, and is situated near Central Park and Lincoln Center. Regular errand days and NYC walks Following their move, the media has spotted the former royal running errands at Bed Bath & Beyond. Reports revealed the newly married Mako shopping for bath towels, coat hangers, organiser baskets and other home furnishing items. She went around the store alone, with nary a security personnel in sight. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Eugenia Garavani (@eugeniagaravani) Media also spotted the former princess getting lost around the Big Apple and having to ask people for directions. She eventually found her way back home, and was welcomed by her husband who helped her carry her shopping bags inside. Meet Morocco’s ‘Princess of Hearts’ Lalla Khadija Casual outfit sightings View this post on Instagram A post shared by Dress Like A Princess (@howtodresslikeaprincess) Various reports also noted how both Mako and Kei seem to be comfortable wearing simple clothes as they get around New York. Seemingly content with their new life out of the spotlight, the young couple is often seen clad in coordinated colours, in neutral tones like blacks and greys, paired with denim blues and forest greens. Kei’s long and winding law career Kei graduated from Fordham University with a Juris Doctor degree and has been pursuing a career in law. Months before his wedding, Kei took the New York bar along with 9,226 other hopefuls. The results were released late last year, and he unfortunately did not make it. According to a Reuters report, the two-day licensing exam has long been known as “especially difficult for foreign-trained lawyers” and the pass rate of the July bar was at 63 per cent. Meet Prince Heinrich Donatus, the hunky German royal helping Ukrainian refugees No pressure! Princess Mako's 'commoner' husband Kei Komuro shows off new PONYTAIL as he leaves SECOND attempt at NY State Bar Exam - months after she quit Japanese royal family to start new life with him in Manhattan #小室圭 #司法試験 https://t.co/4KgVKUeti8 pic.twitter.com/fqMfbWptT8 — 漣改🇯🇵 (@sazanamimod) February 24, 2022 Currently a law clerk at Lowenstein Sandler, Kei took his next attempt at the bar last February and yet again failed. The bar is offered only twice a year (the next one is scheduled in July 2022) and Kei can have as many tries necessary, as the New York State has no restrictions with regards to the number of times one can take it. Mako’s role at The Met Mako, meanwhile, has been appointed to take on a new role at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in what reports cite as “volunteer work” or an “unpaid internship”. According to People , she is working in The Met’s Asian art collection and is tasked with preparing the exhibit of paintings inspired by a 13th-century monk and his journeys through Japan introducing Buddhism. Want more stories like this? Follow STYLE on Facebook , Instagram , YouTube and Twitter .