King Maha Vajiralongkorn of Thailand has stripped his royal consort of her titles, status and military rank for “disloyalty” three months after she was given the role.
Sineenat Wongvajirapakdi, 34, was named royal consort on July 28, the first woman to hold the rank in nearly 100 years.
The 67-year-old king married his fourth wife, Queen Suthida, two months before making his mistress an official concubine during a televised service, with his wife sitting beside him.
Any discussion of the king’s bizarre behaviour is muted in Thailand with jail terms of up to 15 years regularly handed down under the strict lese majeste laws, ensuring media self-censorship.
The Thai Royal Household said the controversial monarch had withdrawn all of Sineenat’s royal titles and rank for her “ambition” in wanting to be “equivalent with the queen”.
Sineenat is alleged to have attempted to obstruct Queen Suthida Vajiralongkorn, known as Nui, from being crowned and asked to be appointed to the role instead.
“After her repeated violations and attempted interference with royal affairs, His Majesty the King granted her the title of Royal Noble Consort in July out of hope that Sineenat Wongvajirapakdi would lessen her pressure and change her behaviour and acts,” the royal announcement said.
The king’s marriage to Suthida was a surprise. Although they had been linked romantically for years, the palace had never acknowledged their relationship before announcing that they married in May.
A former Thai Airways flight attendant, Suthida was also a member of his bodyguard team and a general in the Royal Thai Army.
Months before his coronation he was seen at Munich airport in a crop top and fake tattoo sleeves beside Suthida, who wore a belly top and carried a poodle. One of his poodles, Fufu, has been bestowed with the rank of Air Chief Marshal in the Royal Thai Air Force.
The king, who was educated in the UK and Australia, was shown in 2009 in a home video beside his third wife who was only wearing a thong as she pretended to eat from a dog bowl as they celebrated the birthday of the then crown prince’s poodle.
Fufu has appeared at official functions dressed in a dinner jacket.
The womanising monarch has been married four times and has 10 children, although only seven are officially recognised by the king.