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Japan’s Princess Mako Postpones Her Wedding Citing “Lack of Time”

Princess MakoPrincess Mako (R), the eldest daughter of Prince Akishino and Princess Kiko, and her fiancee Kei Komuro (L), smile during a press conference to announce their engagement at the Akasaka East Residence in Tokyo on September 3, 2017. Emperor Akihito's eldest granddaughter Princess Mako and her fiancé -- a commoner -- announced their engagement on September 3, which will cost the princess her royal status in a move that highlights the male-dominated nature of Japan's monarchy. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / Shizuo Kambayashi (Photo credit should read SHIZUO KAMBAYASHI/AFP/Getty Images)

It turns out that wedding planning snags even impact royals. Japan’s Princess Mako is postponing her wedding to fiancé Kei Komuro until 2020, the couple revealed in a statement Tuesday, February 6.

The royal was set to marry Komuro, a commoner who works at a law firm, on November 4, following their formal engagement ceremony on March 4. However, the couple has pushed back their wedding for several reasons, including one frequent planning snag faced by to-be-weds: the timeline.

The Imperial Household said Tuesday that the princess “came to recognize the lack of time to make sufficient preparations.”

“I wish to think about marriage more deeply and concretely,” Mako added (via CNN). “And give sufficient time to prepare our marriage and for after the marriage.”

She also apologized to vendors preparing for the nuptials ahead. “I am very sorry for causing a big trouble and extra burden to those who have sincerely helped our wedding,” she said (according to AFP news agency).

The Imperial Household confirmed that the couple still plans to wed. They would, in the interim, like to focus other family priorities, including the upcoming abdication of the royal throne by Emperor Akihito in May 2019.

Mako and Komuro were catapulted into the spotlight last year after their engagement plans were revealed to the public. By marrying Komuro—who starred in a tourism commercial as “the Prince of the Sea”—Mako will renounce her title and lose her status.

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Esther Lee
Esther Lee
Esther is the Senior News Editor at The Knot. A self-proclaimed pop culture enthusiast, she appreciates a good celebrity interview just as much as she adores Nancy Meyers movies. You can find her kicking off her mornings with barre and a green juice, traveling and exploring new cultures, and rapidly scrolling her feed for the latest and greatest news. Follow her on Instagram and Twitter at @theestherlee.