Published: Mon, October 21, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Thai king strips 'disloyal' royal mistress of titles

Thai king strips 'disloyal' royal mistress of titles

The official royal consort of Thailand's King Maha Vajiralongkorn has been stripped of her title, according to a Royal Gazette statement.

An official announcement said Sineenat Wongvajirapakdi was "ambitious" and had "attempted to elevate herself to the status of the queen".

"The royal consort's behaviours were considered disrespectful", it said.

It accused her of misbehaving by actively seeking to block Suthida's appointment as queen in order to take the position herself, and said that when she failed to block her rival, her "ambitions and aspirations" led her to continue to seek ways to promote herself.

The 67-year-old king had bestowed on Wongvajirapakdi the title of royal noble consort in July in a ceremony attended by Queen Suthida, whom the king had married just two months earlier.

Thailand's King Maha Vajiralongkorn and General Sineenat Wongvajirapakdi, the royal noble consort are seen in this undated handout photo obtained by Reuters.

She has also trained as a pilot in Thailand and overseas, served in the King's royal bodyguard unit, and in May was awarded the rank of a major-general.

What did the palace say?

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The title, ranking and all medals have been removed from Sineenat Bilaskalayani for inappropriate behavior and a failure to be loyal to the monarch, according to the statement released Monday night in Bangkok.

"She is also not content with the title bestowed upon her, doing everything to rise to the level of the queen", it said.

The statement also described Sineenat as "ungrateful".

Sineenatra had her title of Chao Khun Phra Sineenatra Bilasakalayani withdrawn, along with other royal and military titles and decorations.

He ascended the throne after the death of his father in 2016.

King Rama X's marriage to Queen Suthida, known as Nui, was a surprise as although they had been linked romantically for years the palace had never acknowledged their relationship before announcing they were getting married in May.

He has had four wives - Princess Soamsawali from 1977 to 1993; Yuvadhida Polpraserth from 1994 to 1996; Srirasmi Suwadee between 2001 and 2014; and Queen Suthida.

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