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The princess will lose her royal status when she gets married

Talia Avakian
February 07, 2018

Japan’s Princess Mako was set to give up her royal status when marrying her fiance Kei Komuro this November, but the couple announced they are now postponing their wedding.

The pair have expressed doubts about getting married so quickly, saying in a statement that “it is because of our immaturity and we just regret it,” according to CNN. They also said they felt they had “rushed various things” and wanted more time to prepare for the wedding.

Members of the Imperial Household told CNN the wedding’s postponement was caused by a lack of preparation and a realization 26-year-old Princess Mako came to that there was not enough time to get everything she wanted done by November.

The wedding was postponed until at least 2020 — following Emperor Akihito’s abdication, which is slated for April 2019.

Their engagement made waves last year as Princess Mako will lose her title when she marries Komuro, who is a commoner. Princess Mako met Komuro while they were in a study-abroad school program in Tokyo's Shibuya district through the International Christian University in roughly six years ago.

According to the Imperial Law of 1947, the throne can only be passed down to male heirs, of which only three remain with Mako’s uncle, Crown Prince Nuruhito, who is expected to succeed Emperor Akihito.

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