Princess Mako of Japan is going to stay a royal for just a little bit longer.
On Tuesday, the Imperial Household Agency said that the Princess, who is engaged to marry Kei Komuro, a commoner and law clerk, is delaying her marriage until 2020. According to the Japan Times, Princess Mako and Komuro were supposed to be formally engaged this March in a traditional ceremony before having their wedding in November. Now, they're holding off for a few years due to a "lack of preparation."
“Last May, there were reports about our engagement at an unexpected time,” Princess Mako said in a statement, according to the Times. “We believe we have rushed various things. I wish to think about marriage more deeply and concretely and give sufficient time to prepare our marriage and for after the marriage."
The Princess added that she's doing so with the blessing of Emperor and Empress Michiko, and that she's chosen the 2020 date so that a few important royal ceremonies (like the Emperor's abdication in April 2019 and Crown Prince Naruhito's accession to the throne) can happen smoothly before she takes on the big wedding and other events. While the Princess said the couple is postponing things due to their "immaturity," an Imperial Household Agency spokesperson said that their intention to marry hasn't changed.
“If there is any trouble, it should be resolved, and then the two should get married," added another official. "Time can be used to further strengthen their bonds."
As Brides previously reported, Princess Mako would relinquish her royal status upon her marriage to Komuro, like all royal women would do upon marriage to a commoner. Since Imperial law states that the throne can only be passed down through male heirs, if the remaining six unmarried princesses also choose to marry commoners, there might not be enough family members to carry out public duties.
Still, with two more years to go until she walks down the aisle, Princess Mako will have more than enough time to both handle with her royal responsibilities and plan a wedding befitting of a princess.