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Thai Palace Purge Continues after Royal Consort Was Stripped of Titles

BANGKOK – The Royal Household of Thailand announced on Wednesday the dismissal of six officials from the palace, two days after the consort of King Maha Vajiralongkorn was stripped of her titles and accused of disloyalty.

Two separate statements published by the Royal Gazette, the official government journal, announced the termination of the officials, who were also stripped of their ranks.

They included police and military officers and officials in charge of palace activities such as taking care of dogs and other animals.

The document cited indiscipline and the use of official positions for personal gain as the causes for the firings.

No further details were provided about the purge, which comes after the unexpected fall from grace of Sineenat Wongvajirapakd, who was accused of disloyalty and being “ambitious” and “ungrateful” on Monday.

She was also stripped of her title as the Royal Consort, her rank as a military general and her membership of the royal guards.

The former military nurse was in July named the first “Chao Khun Phra” (royal noble consort) in almost 100 years, prompting the general public’s surprise, as the title had become obsolete in the 20th century after the transformation of the absolute monarchy into a constitutional system.

Three days after his coronation in May, Vajiralongkorn married Suthida, a former flight attendant who had also been part of the special royal security corps.

Thai monarchs were known to be polygamous in the past but the practice stopped in the 20th century and was legally abolished in 1935.

At the end of August, Sineenat, 34, appeared in a series of photographs released by the Royal Household showing her with the king as well as flying aircraft and posing in military garb.

According to the official text released on Monday night, the former royal consort had conspired to grab the title of queen for herself before and after the king’s marriage to Suthida.

 

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