Thai king strips royal consort of titles for ‘ambition to elevate as queen’

Thailand’s King Vajiralongkorn has stripped his royal consort of her rank and titles for “misbehaviour and disloyalty against the monarch”.

An official announcement said Sineenat Wongvajirapakdi had been “ambitious” and tried to “elevate herself to the same state as the queen”.

“The king gave her a royal consort position, in hopes of relieving the pressure and a problem that could affect the monarchy … she neither was grateful to the title bestowed upon her, nor did she behave appropriately according to her status.”

“The royal consort’s behaviours were considered disrespectful,” it added.

She was appointed in July, just two months after the king married Queen Suthida, his fourth wife.

King Vajiralongkorn stripped Sineenat of all royal titles, decorations, status in the royal guard and her military ranks.

Sineenat, who was a major-general and is a trained pilot, nurse and bodyguard, was the first person to be awarded the title of Royal Noble Consort in nearly a century.

Queen Suthida – a 41-year-old former flight attendant and deputy head of his bodyguard unit – is King Vajiralongkorn’s long-term partner and has been seen with him in public for many years.

The Royal Gazette on Monday revealed that Sineenat had been stripped of her titles. It marked a sudden fall from grace for the royal consort, who for several years was seen often at the side of King Vajiralongkorn.

Even after the king’s marriage to Queen Suthida, Sineenat was a regular guest at royal events.

King Vajiralongkorn ascended the throne after the death of his father in 2016.

This is not the first time that King Vajiralongkorn stripped titles.  In 1996, he denounced his second wife, Yuvadhida Polpraserth who fled to the United States, and disowned four sons he had with her.

In 2014, Vajiralongkorn third wife Srirasmi Suwadee was similarly stripped of all her titles and banished from court. Her 14-year-old son has been raised by King Vajiralongkorn in Germany and Switzerland.