Japanese Princess Delays Wedding, Cites 'Immaturity'

Mako's much anticipated wedding to a commoner gets pushed back to at least 2020
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 6, 2018 10:35 AM CST
Japan's Princess Mako looks out from a car while she heads to see the Imperial Palace in Tokyo on Sept. 3, 2017.   (Kyodo News via AP)
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(Newser) – Japan's Princess Mako will remain a princess a little longer: The emperor's granddaughter, who announced last year that she planned to marry a commoner, is delaying that union, reports Reuters. Unlike certain other royals planning to marry commoners, Mako must rescind her royal status when she marries Kei Komuro, whom she met at university and planned to marry in November. The couple will now wait until after Mako's grandfather, Emperor Akihito, abdicates in April 2019, pushing the nuptials until 2020.

Japanese national broadcaster NHK reports the couple wants more time to plan the ceremony, but a statement they put out sounds a little more like cold feet, per CNN: "It is because of our immaturity and we just regret" the rush to wed. "I wish to think about marriage more deeply and concretely and give sufficient time to prepare our marriage and for after the marriage," says Mako.

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