The unexpected king of Thailand, Maha Vajiralongkorn, who has been holding massive protests in Bangkok, has now been accused of breaking his sister’s ankles.
The shocking allegations were lodged by former Bangkok Reuters bureau chief Andrew McGregor Marshall in his membership-only newspaper, Secret Siam.
Marshall, who has been free to quote his Thai sources since leaving Asia without fear of the country’s vicious censor laws, reports that the king is accused of attacking him after being knocked over by his dogs . Insiders claimed that he either jumped at her feet or beat her with cane.
The attack was reportedly hinted at by her plans to make him the second queen with his current wife Rani Rani Sutida.
Thai nobility has recently survived with rumors that King Maha X is set to elevate his official confederacy, Senanet “Koi” Vongavjirapakdi, to the status of absolute queen.
The proposed plan apparently went badly with her sister, Princess Sirindhorn, who had gone to see her brother almost two weeks earlier to try to change her mind.
It appears that this is a bad idea; Mahal recently announced that Sirindhorn had injured both ankles from falls, and was rushed to the hospital, but, McGregor Marshall says, cites “well-placed sources in the informed palace network” Huh, it’s less than half that. story.
In fact, he alleged, “a furious row” erupted during the meeting and “he killed one of Wajiralongkorn’s dogs, and while he lay on the ground, he either stamped his ankles or had one Shattered them with cane. Both of them. “
McGregor Marshall states that Sirindhorn underwent operations on both ankles at Chullongkorn Hospital and is unlikely to run again for several months.
Koi’s promotion to the second queen of Thailand is said to have been planned for her birthday on Tuesday. In what could later be the precursor to an official announcement, the pair made a public appearance wearing a blue coat as they released fish and birds at a Buddhist ceremony at the Vasukri Ghat in Bangkok. Contrary to a report in a German newspaper Bild, His elevation has not yet been officially announced.
If Koi is indeed promoted to the position of queen, it would be a notable return for the 35-year-old former nurse.
Koi was released from house arrest in August last year after spending ten months in only one corrective facility. He was accused of a quarrel with the queen, but was then declared “unfit” and his role was reinstated as the official consent of 68-year-old king Maha Vajiralongkorn.
As rumors of his release were circulating, more than a thousand photographs of him, including socks, were allegedly sent to McGregor Marshall on the SD card, and to Pavin Chachavalpongpun, a Thai academic and vocal critic of the monarchy.
The king married his current and fourth wife Suthida in May 2019, a few days before his coronation. He divorced his third wife in 2014. The relationship was made famous by a leaked video showing him feeding his puddle, Fufu, a birthday cake, while he wore only the G-string and the courtiers crawled on the floor in front of him and the king.
Fufu featured in a previous embarrassing incident: cables written by Eric John when he was the US ambassador to Bangkok, published by Wikileaks, elaborating King’s strange obsession with dogs. The diplomatic cables stated that he appreciated Fufu, and gave him the title of Air Chief Marshal. He said the dog was brought to an official dinner, “complete with claw mitts in formal evening attire” where he drank from guests’ glasses of water.
Thailand is reeling from a deep recession brought by COVID-19 and the decadence of the decisive tourist trade.
Opponents of the over-affluent royal family have been embarrassed in recent months as rallies by student protesters against the establishment have seen their numbers swell.
Protesters have recently staged protests by wearing crop tops exposing their midriffs to make fun of the king, who is wearing similar costumes at airports and German shopping centers.
The protests have been told about the king’s immense wealth, estimated to be from London. financial Times After the leaders of a successful 2014 coup placed sovereign wealth between $ 30 billion and $ 40 billion, under his direct control.
He is considered the richest king in the world.
As The Daily Beast recently reported, Wazirlongkorn is also accused of having built an extraordinary fleet of 38 jets and helicopters for the exclusive use of the Thai royal family.
He has spent much of the last few years living in Germany, most recently at Sonnenbichel, the Grand Hotel in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, where 20 concubine’s retinue, who have all been given the same honorary surname, have also earned their domestic and international reputation. Is harmed.
Email addresses provided on Thai government websites did not work, with emails from The Daily Beast requesting comment. However, Thai royals generally do not comment in response to press inquiries, as criticizing the royal family in the media is a crime under strict Lèse majesté The provisions of Thai law.
According to a tally by the news agency Prakhatai, at the latest count, at least 55 people are now facing Lèse majesté Fee.