Japanese Princess Was About To Give Up Her Title For Love. Now She Says She ‘Rushed Things’

Gabrielle Okun | Reporter

Japanese princess Mako of Akishino announced last year she would give up her title to marry a commoner, but she is now saying she “rushed various things” and is postponing the wedding until 2020, she said in a statement Tuesday.

Mako who is engaged to her college boyfriend Kei Komuro, both 26, is postponing the wedding, due to not feeling prepared to marry. The young couple announced their engagement in September, which sparked controversy due to the princess having to eventually step down from her official title. The formal engagement ceremony was set for March 4. with a wedding planned for Nov. 4., reported CNN.

“It is because of our immaturity and we just regret it,” they explained in a joint statement to CNN. Mako added that she “rushed various things” believing that the couple needs more time to prepare for the wedding and their marriage.

The ruling family which ascends through the male heir to the Chrysanthemum Throne will go to Crown Prince Naruhito, who will inherit the title from his father Emperor Akihito May 1, 2019.

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