Thai king has stripped ‘disloyal’ royal consort of all titles: Palace


BANGKOK: Thailand’s King Maha Vajiralongkorn has stripped his 34-year-old consort of all titles for “disloyalty” and apparent “ambition” to match the queen’s position, a royal command issued on Monday said, less than three months after she was bestowed with the honour.
Former royal bodyguard Sineenat Wongvajirapakdi — known by her nickname “Koi” — was gifted the title on the king’s 67th birthday on July 28, the first time in nearly a century a Thai monarch has taken a consort. A few days later the palace released images of Sineenat in combat fatigues shooting weapons, flying a jet and preparing to parachute from a plane, as well as holding the king’s hand.
But on Monday Sineenat’s swift and public downfall was relayed on national television. She was dismissed from the rank of Chao Khun Phra — or noble consort — for “disloyalty to the king” according to the command, as well as “acting against the appointment of the Queen (Suthida)… for her own ambitions”.
Koi’s actions show “she does not give any honour to the king and does not understand royal tradition… Her actions are to benefit herself”, the statement said, adding she was attempting to elevate her position to the same as Queen Suthida. Her behaviour is “deemed disrespectful to His Majesty’s grace… and caused divisions among courtiers and misunderstanding among the people”, the statement added. She was stripped of all military ranks, decorations and royal titles, it said.
Born on January 26, 1985, Sineenat, graduated from the Royal Thai Army Nursing College at the age of 23. She has also trained as a pilot in Thailand and abroad, served in the King’s bodyguard unit, and in May was awarded the rank of a major-general.


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