Thai king's consort stripped of official titles

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© Catalyst Thailand's King Maha Vajiralongkorn and Queen Suthida attend the annual Royal Ploughing Ceremony in central Bangkok, Thailand, May 9, 2019.

On Monday, Thailand's King Vajiralongkorn stripped his royal consort - Sineenat Wongvajirapakdi - of her official ranks for "repeated disobedience and attempts to of interference with royal affairs".

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.

The former royal consort was also accused of misusing the King's name for her own gain, causing rifts among palace officials and misleading people about her status.

Sineenat Bilaskalayani has been accused of inappropriate behaviour and a failure to be loyal to the monarch.

By the royal command granted under Sections 9 and 15 of the 2017 constitution, His Majesty relieved Chao Khun Sineenart of her position in the military division of the royal administration, revoked all her royal titles and military ranks and recalled all the royal decorations given to her.

"She has put pressure and done anything she could, not to have the Queen appointed so that she can be appointed herself", the announcement read.

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The Thai king had tried to ease tensions between Wongvajirapakdi and Suthida after the marriage by giving Wongvajirapakdi the title of royal consort - an approach that appears not to have worked.

"Since King Vajiralongkorn's revered father died in late 2016, he has taken several bold steps to arrogate power exclusively to himself".

The photos show Ms Sineenat in a crop top while piloting a jet, and the King and her together in both candid and formal poses.

The King's private life is not openly discussed in Thailand due to the country's draconian lese-majeste law.

In 2009 a home video was released by WikiLeaks showing the then-crown prince next to his third wife who was only wearing a thong as she pretended to eat from a dog bowl as they celebrated the prince's poodle's birthday with servants.

Wongvajirapakdi, a former army nurse, first grabbed worldwide attention in August when official photos showed her firing an assault rifle and flying a plane in a crop top.

"The king's second wife, who he married in 1994 and divorced two years later, fled to Britain with their five children, born between 1979 and 1987".

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