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Princess Mako Puts Wedding to Japanese 'Commoner' on Hold

Princess Mako Puts Wedding to Japanese 'Commoner' on Hold

Princess 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 Sept. 3, 2017. (Shizuo Kambayashi/AFP/Getty Images)

By    |   Tuesday, 06 February 2018 12:47 PM

Princess Mako's wedding to a Japanese "commoner" has been put on hold until 2020 because of "lack of preparation," the Imperial Household Agency announced Tuesday, according to the Kyodo News Service.

Princess Mako, 26, is the eldest granddaughter of Emperor Akihito, the news service said. Princess Mako and her fiancé, Kei Komuro, 26, were supposed to have been formally engaged March 4 during a traditional court ceremony called Nosia no Gi, Kyodo reported.

The wedding was planned for Nov. 4, but now the princess has said through the Imperial Household Agency that she "came to recognize the lack of time to make sufficient preparations," Kyodo wrote.

The delay will move the wedding to after Emperor Akihito, 84, abdicates his throne in April 2019, to Crown Prince Naruhito, 57, Mako's uncle, USA Today reported.

A recent magazine article reported a dispute that has emerged between Komuro's mother and her former fiancé about her son's education expenses totaling about 4 million yen, or $36,640, which was paid by the mother's former partner, Kyodo said.

The Imperial Household Agency said that the dispute had nothing to with the postponement.

"The intention of the two to get married hasn't changed at all," Takaharu Kaji, an Imperial Household Agency official, told Kyodo. "(The postponement) isn't because of the report.

"If there is any trouble, it should be resolved, and then the two should get married. Time can be used to further strengthen their bonds."

Princess Mako's wedding highlighted the challenges with the shrinking Japanese royal family because the princess must leave the royal family when she marries a commoner, according to longstanding Imperial House Law, Kyodo said.

Her departure will leave 18 members in the family, including the emperor himself, the news service said. In Japan, only a male in the paternal line has the right to rise to the Chrysanthemum Throne, Kyodo said.

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