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Japanese Princess Mako Postpones Her Wedding Until 2020, Saying She Rushed Into It

In order to marry her fiancé, she will have to give up her royal status.
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Last year, Princess Mako of Japan made headlines when she announced her engagement to commoner Kei Komuro. Notably, under centuries-old law, royal women who marry outside of Japan's aristocratic class must give up their status. And so in order to marry her fiancé, Mako had to make a choice between her position in the imperial family, and the man she loves. (Yes, just like Princess Margaret and Peter Townsend.)

The wedding had been set for November of 2018, but now it's been pushed back until at least 2020, reports CNN. "I wish to think about marriage more deeply and concretely and give sufficient time to prepare our marriage and for after the marriage," Mako shared in a statement, also saying she and Komuro had "rushed various things."

Mako and Komuro are both 26.

"We feel extremely sorry for causing great trouble and further burden to those who have willingly supported us," she continued.

The next few years will prove busy for the Japanese royal family. Emperor Akihito, Princess Mako's grandfather, has announced his plans to abdicate the throne in April of 2019.

Last year, he said, "I have concern about not being able to fulfill duties as a symbol with my utmost efforts as I have done so far."

He will be succeeded by Mako's uncle, Crown Prince Naruhito.

This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com.
* Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors.

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