Japan’s Princess Mako will remain a royal a little while longer, revealing on Tuesday that she’s postponing her wedding to commoner Kei Komuro.
The reason? The couple, who wanted to tie the knot in 2018, wanted more time to plan their nuptials. Instead, they will get married in 2020, waiting until after Mako’s grandfather Emperor Akihito abdicates next year.
According to CNN, the couple had “rushed carious things” and needed more time to prepare.
“I wish to think about marriage more deeply and concretely and give sufficient time to prepare our marriage and for after the marriage,” Mako said. The couple also apologized to the nation: “We feel extremely sorry for causing great trouble and a further burden to those who have willingly supported us.”
The couple of five years announced their engagement in early September. At the time, the Imperial Household said the marriage will further deplete the royal family since Mako must become a commoner.
Princess Mako is the emperor’s oldest grandchild. The 84-year-old ruler is set to abdicate the throne next year on April 30, with Crown Prince Naruhito, his eldest son, succeeding the Chrysanthemum throne the next day.