There would be no Royal Wedding in Japan this year as the country’s Princess Mako and her commoner fiancé, Kei Komuro, decided to postpone their much-talked-about engagement and wedding to 2020. The lovers said they were not yet ready for marriage.
Originally set for November this year, the wedding was to be a momentous occasion for the country and the Japanese Royal Family, led by Emperor Akihito, who plans to abdicate in April 2019. Doubts about the wedding may have crept in with the couple, however.
In a statement released on Tuesday, the couple pointed to “immaturity” as the reason behind the wedding postponement. Mako also admitted they had "rushed various things" and they needed more time to plan their future together. She added: "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 had already informed her grandparents, Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko, about the postponement. The Royal couple respected their grandchild’s decision.
The couple had earlier planned to become formally engaged in a traditional ceremony on March 4, ahead of their originally-scheduled wedding on November 4.
The country received the news of the Royal wedding with excitement last year. The nation was gripped by the romantic story of their princess marrying a commoner she’d met five years ago at the International Christian University in Tokyo. Prior to becoming well-known as the “royal fiancé” Komuro’s claim to fame was being the "Prince of the Sea," after appearing in a beach tourism campaign for the city of Fujisawa, south of the Japanese capital.
Mako also expressed her apologies for the statement. She said: "We feel extremely sorry for causing great trouble and a further burden to those who have willingly supported us.”