A statement from Japan’s royal family has confirmed that Princess Mako’s wedding to fiancé Kei Komuro will be postponed.
According to Japanese media, the Imperial Household Agency said Tuesday that the wedding, planned for November, will be delayed until 2020, citing lack of time for preparations. (A formal engagement ceremony has also been planned for March, but it’s not yet clear if that’s also been rescheduled.) In the statement, CNN quotes Mako as Mako saying the couple had “rushed various things” and needed more time to prepare.
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“I wish to think about marriage more deeply and concretely and give sufficient time to prepare our marriage and for after the marriage,” Mako said. The couple also blamed their “immaturity,” and apologized to the nation: “We feel extremely sorry for causing great trouble and further burden to those who have willingly supported us.”
The sudden announcement triggered speculation that the postponement may be linked to recent tabloid bashing on fiancé Kei Komuro’s family background. Mako and Komuro, a commoner, announced their engagement last September. The couple has been together for five years.
Mako is Emperor Akihito’s oldest grandchild, and so her marriage to Komuro would require her to give up her status in the imperial family. The media quote Mako as saying in a statement that the couple decided to postpone the wedding until after the emperor’s abdication next year. “We feel extremely sorry for causing great trouble and further burden to those who have willingly supported us,” continued Mako.
The 84-year-old Akihito is set to abdicate April 30 next year, with Crown Prince Naruhito, his eldest son (and Mako’s uncle) succeeding the Chrysanthemum throne the next day.