Published: Tue, October 22, 2019
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

Thai king strips 'disloyal' and 'ungrateful' royal consort of titles, rank

Thai king strips 'disloyal' and 'ungrateful' royal consort of titles, rank

Sineenatra had her royal title of Chao Khun Phra Sineenatra Bilasakalayani withdrawn, along with other royal and military titles and decorations.

However she didn't respect royal traditions by attempting to make herself equal to the queen, based on the assertion, which added that she additionally defied the royal couple.

The palace has already deleted Sineenat's profile and photos from its website.

The announcement came just months after she was appointed the Royal Noble Consort by the king in July.

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 late Monday said, less than three months after she was bestowed with the honour.

Sineenat had opposed Suthida's appointment and wanted to be named queen herself, the statement said.

"She is also not content with the title bestowed upon her, doing everything to rise to the level of the queen", it said.

"The king gave her a royal consort position, in hopes of relieving the pressure and a problem that could affect the monarchy", the statement said.

It called her "ambitious" in trying to obtain royal titles and "self-promoting" in her royal activities.

King Rama X's marriage to Queen Suthida, known as Nui, was a surprise as although they had been linked romantically for years the palace had never acknowledged their relationship before announcing they were getting married in May.

King Vajiralongkorn was crowned as constitutional monarch in May after first taking the throne following the 2016 death of his father, who reigned for 70 years. She was also pictured in the cockpit of a fighter jet and wearing a gray camouflage pattern crop-top at the controls of a light aircraft. But public discussion of such matters is hampered by Thailand's harsh lese majeste law, which mandates prison terms of up to 15 years for those found guilty of insulting members of the royal family.

The King has also exercised his royal powers in a more direct way than his recent predecessors.

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