KING of Thailand Maha Vajiralongkorn has been sitting on the kings throne since his father’s death in October 2016.
As of 2020, Vajiralongkorn’s, 68, net worth is estimated to be around $30billion, making him the wealthiest ruler in the world.
King Maha Vajiralongkorn and his wife, Queen Suthida TidjaiCredit: AFP – Getty
Who is King of Thailand Maha Vajiralongkorn?
Maha Vajiralongkorn was born on July 28, 1952, the only son of King Bhumibol Adulyadej and Queen Sirikit.
In 1972, at the age of 20, Vajiralongkorn was crowned prince by his father.
He served as a career officer in the Royal Thai Army, and severed as a staff officer in the Directorate of Army Intelligence.
King Maha VajiralongkornCredit: AFP
King Vajiralongkorn’s mistress Sineenat WongvajirapakdiCredit: AFP
His father’s death in October, 2016, ascended Vajiralongkorn to the throne of Thailand, until he was officially coronated on May 4, 2019.
How many wives has Vajiralongkorn had?
Vajiralongkorn has had four wives in his lifetime.
On January 3, 1977, he married Princess Soamsawali Kitiyakara, a first cousin on his mothers side.
The pair had one daughter together, Princess Bajrakitiyabha, born in 1978.
The two divorced in July 1993.
During his marriage with Princess Kitiyakara, he was involved in a relationship with Yuvadhida Polpraserth.
Vajiralongkorn and Polpraserth had five kids together, four sons and a daughter.
The pair tied the knot in February 1994.
However, two years later the relationship hit rock-bottom after Polpraserth decamped to Britain with all her children, as Vajiralongkorn accused her of committing adultery with Anand Rotsamkhan, 60.
Maha Vajiralongkorn was officially crowned King of Thailand in May, 2019Credit: Reuters
Vajiralongkorn has had four wives throughout his lifeCredit: CHALINEE THIRASUPA
The King appointed Sineenat Wongvajirapakdi as his royal consort in 2019Credit: AP:Associated Press
The pair officially separated in 2007, after Polpraserth and her sons ran away to the United States, and were stripped of their diplomatic passports and royal titles.
Their daughter was elevated to princess by her father.
In February 2001, Vajiralongkorn married a third time to Srirasmi Suwadee.
She gave birth to his son Prince Dipangkorn Rasmijoti in April 2005.
In November 2014, Vajiralongkorn sent a letter to the interior ministry asking for Princess Suwadee’s family to be stripped of the royal name, Akharaphongpreecha that was awarded to her.
The reason was due to the allegations of corruption against seven of her relatives.
Suwadee was officially stripped of her royal titles and divorced Vajiralongkorn in December 2014.
In May 2019, Vajiralongkorn married Suthida Tidjai, who he is still married to till today.
Who is his wife, Queen Suthida Tidjai?
Suthida Tidjai, 42, is the Queen consort of Thailand as the fourth wife of King Vajiralongkorn.
Before their marriage, she was a flight attendant.
How many children does he have?
King Vajiralongkorn has seven children with four different women.
Photographs of Wongvajirapakdi during the ceremony Credit: AP:Associated Press
King Vajialongkorn served as a career officer in the Royal Thai Army Credit: Reuters
Who is his mistress Sineenat Wongvajirapakdi and what photos were leak?
In August 2019, King Vajiralongkorn made his girlfriend Sineenat Wongvajirapakdi, 34, his royal consort.
The king used ceremonial water to anoint Wongvajirapakdi while she laid at his feet.
It was the first time in the country’s modern history that a monarch has publicly admitted to having more than one partner.
Wongvajirapakdi, who is the King’s former bodyguard, was given the title of “chao khun phra” meaning “royal noble consort” during the ceremony which marked his birthday.
On December 22, 2020, over 1,400 explicit nude pictures of Wongvajirapakdi were leaked and sent to anti-monarchy activists in a bid to “sabotage” the Royal consort.
Many of the photos involve Wongvajirapakdi naked or semi naked.
The leak of the “very explicit” photos of Wongvajirapakdi is thought to be connected to a bitter rivalry between the king’s mistress and his wife, Tidjai.
Over 1,400 explicit nude photos of Wongvajirapakdi were leaked in December 2020Credit: Reuters
The pictures – thought to have been taken by Wongvajirapakdi herself – were sent to British journalist Andrew MacGregor Marshall, who has written critical articles about the Thai monarchy, reported The Times.
“The photographs are clearly from Koi’s personal phones,” he wrote in a Facebook post.
“Most of the images are photographs she took of herself, and dozens of them are very explicit. It seems probable that she had taken these explicit photographs of herself to send to Vajiralongkorn.”
The 1,443 snaps were taken between 2012 and 2014 and include revealing shots of Koi topless and in skimpy nightwear.
The pictures were also sent to Thai academic Pavin Chachavalpongpun, who lives in Japan and who faces criminal prosecution in Thailand for his criticism of the monarchy.
The photographs were taken between 2012 and 2014, and include revealing shots of Wongvajirapakdi topless and in skimpy nightwearCredit: AP:Associated Press
The photos were delivered with a fake return address and a letter claiming they had been obtained by “pro-democracy Thai hackers”.
“However this is almost certainly untrue,” added Marshall.
“Koi’s return was bitterly opposed by palace factions supporting Queen Suthida and Princess Bajrakitiyabha and it is highly probable the images of Koi were leaked in an effort to sabotage her return as Vajiralongkorn’s consort.”
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