Thailand’s king reconciles with ousted consort

26, 2019, on the Thailand Royal Office website shows King Maha Vajiralongkorn, left, with Major General Sineenatra Wongvajirabhakdi, the royal noble consort. King Maha Vajiralongkorn and his consort, General Suthida Vajiralongkorn, named Queen Suthida, attend their wedding ceremony in Bangkok, Thailand, May 1, 2019. It said Sineenatra was not tainted by any wrongdoing, and the record should not show that she ever lost her privileges. She had not been seen publicly after her fall from grace last year and her whereabouts were never made clear.In July last year, Vajiralongkorn gave Sineenatra the royal consort title of chao khun phra sineenatra bilasakalayani, reviving an old palace tradition of taking a junior wife that had not been practiced for almost a century.In May last year, Vajiralongkorn named longtime companion Suthida Vajiralongkorn Na Ayudhya his queen when they were married a few days before his formal coronation. The restoration of Sineenatra Wongvajirabhakdi to the good graces of King Maha Vajiralongkorn was confirmed by an official announcement published Wednesday in the Royal Gazette. Trending News

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That statement said the king tried to alleviate the problem by appointing Sineenatra his official royal consort but that she remained unsatisfied and continued to compete with Queen Suthida.Both Queen Suthida, 42, and Sineenatra, 35, have served as senior officers in palace security units. Vajiralongkorn assumed the throne after the 2016 death of his father, King Bhumibol Adulyadej, who reigned for 70 years. / AP

The move comes after the palace released a statement last October, saying Sineenatra was “ambitious” and had tried to “elevate herself to the same state as the queen.” The statement cited her alleged “misbehavior and disloyalty against the monarch.”  

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Bloggers who follow royal news had reported last week that Sineenatra had been rehabilitated. 26, 2019 on the Thailand Royal Office website shows King Maha Vajiralongkorn with Major General Sineenatra Wongvajirabhakdi, the royal noble consort. Suthida was previously a flight attendant with Thai Airways, while Sineenatra was an army nurse. HANDOUT/REUTERS

Then last October, less than three months after making Sineenatra his royal consort, the king issued a command rescinding the appointment. This undated photo posted Monday, Aug. Thailand’s king reconciles with consort year after accusing her of “misbehavior and disloyalty”

September 2, 2020 / 8:46 AM
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Thailand’s king has reconciled with his royal consort, whom he stripped of her titles last year after accusing her of seeking to undermine his official wife, the country’s queen. Others showed her and the king holding hands, unusually intimate photos for members of the royal family. This undated photo posted on Aug. The announcement, dated Aug. In a statement, he accused her of misbehaving by actively seeking to block Suthida’s appointment as queen in order to take the position herself, and saying that when she failed to block Suthida, her “ambitions and aspirations” led her to continue to seek ways to promote herself. 29, said she was being given back her royal and military titles. The 68-year-old king has seven children by three previous marriages, all of which ended in divorce.Sineenatra’s fall had been particularly stunning because only two months earlier, a palace website released scores of photos of her and the king, some in formal settings and others in markedly casual poses, such as taking part in flying, shooting and skydiving. / AP

First published on September 2, 2020 / 8:46 AM