- The King of Thailand on Monday stripped his consort of her royal and military rank and titles after she was accused of plotting against the queen.
- Sineenat Wongvajirapakdi, who is believed to be one of King Maha Vajiralongkorn’s longterm girlfriends, was given the title of Royal Noble Consort in July.
- She had wanted to be queen herself and tried to stop the king from marrying Suthida, the current queen, in May, Channel News Asia reported, citing a palace announcement.
- The king tried to appease Wongvajirapakdi by making her a royal consort, but she continued to lash out by disobey the king and queen and giving out orders on her own authority, Channel News Asia said.
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The King of Thailand abruptly stripped his 34-year-old consort of all her titles after she was accused of plotting against the Queen so she could reign instead.
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 married just two months earlier.
The role of the royal noble consort is to be the king’s spouse or companion. Wongvajirapakdi, believed to be one of the king’s longtime girlfriends, had been the first person to receive that title since 1921.
—Pichayada P. (@PichayadaCNA) October 21, 2019
According to the palace’s statement, translated from Thai by Channel News Asia correspondent Pichayada Promchertchoo, Wongvajirapakdi had tried to stop the king from marrying Suthida in May because she wanted to be queen herself.
The Thai king had tried to ease tensions between Wongvajirapakdi and Queen Suthida after the marriage by giving Wongvajirapakdi the title of royal consort, an approach that appears not to have worked.
Despite her new rank in the royal court, Wongvajirapakdi “did everything to make herself equal to Queen Suthida” by showing disobedience to the royal couple and giving out commands and claiming that the king had told her to do so, Promchertchoo said, paraphrasing the palace.
The palace’s official announcement described Wongvajirapakdi as “ambitious” and “considered disrespectful,” the BBC reported.
Wongvajirapakdi, a former army nurse, first grabbed international attention in August when official photos showed her firing an assault rifle and flying a plane in a crop top.
The photos also offered a rare glimpse into royal life in Thailand — the country has strict laws forbidding people to insult, defame, or threaten any member of the royal family, so relatively little is known about the king and how he lives.