The unpredictable King of Thailand, Maha Vajiralongkorn, who is suffering mass protests in Bangkok, is now accused of breaking his sister’s ankles.
The shocking statement was made by Andrew McGregor Marshall, former head of the Reuters office in Bangkok, in his subscription-only newsletter, Secret Siam.
Marshall, who is free to cite his Thai sources without fear of vicious censorship laws in the country since leaving Asia, said the king allegedly attacked her after she was knocked down by his dogs. Acquaintances claim that he either jumped to her feet or beat her with a cane.
The attack is said to have been sparked by her confrontation over his plans to turn his official wife into a second queen, along with his current wife, Queen Sutida.
Thai nobility has recently been revived by rumors that King Maha X is set to elevate his official companion Sinaynat “Who”
The proposed scheme apparently broke down with his sister, Princess Sirindhorn, who went to see her brother to try to change her mind about two weeks ago.
This seems like a bad idea; the palace recently reported that Sirindhorn injured both his ankles in a fall and was taken to hospital, but, says McGregor Marshall, citing “well-located sources” in “informed palace networks” that this was less than half from history.
In fact, he claims, “a heated argument broke out” during the meeting, and “she was knocked down by one of Vajiralongkorn’s dogs, and while she was lying on the ground, he either stamped her ankles or hit them with a cane, smashing them both.” . “
MacGregor Marshall says Sirindhorn underwent both ankle surgeries at Chulalongkorn Hospital and is unlikely to walk again for several months.
The announcement of Koi’s promotion to the second queen of Thailand is scheduled for Tuesday, her birthday. As something that may have been a precursor to an official announcement later, the couple appeared in public wearing matching blue coats when they released fish and birds at a Buddhist ceremony on Wasukri Quay in Bangkok. Contrary to a report in a German newspaper photo, an official announcement of its erection has not yet been made.
If Koi is indeed promoted to queen, it will mark a remarkable return for the 35-year-old former nurse.
Who was released from custody only in August last year, after spending ten months in a correctional facility. She was accused of feuding with the queen, but was later declared “unharmed” and reinstated as the official wife of 68-year-old King Maha Vajiralongkorn.
Just as rumors of her release spread, more than a thousand photos of her, including allegedly naked, were sent on SD cards to MacGregor Marshall and to Pavin Chachavalpongpun, a Thai academic and outspoken critic of the monarchy.
The king married his current and fourth wife Sutida only in May 2019, just days before his coronation. He divorced his third wife in 2014. The relationship became known with a leaked video showing her feeding a birthday cake to his poodle Fufu while she wore only a G-string and courtiers crawled on the floor in front of her and the king.
Fufu was involved in a previous embarrassing incident: Cables written by Eric John when he was US ambassador to Bangkok, published by Wikileaks, detail the king’s strange obsession with the dog. Diplomatic relations say he adores Fufu and has given him the title of chief of air marshal. He is said to have brought the dog to a formal dinner, “dressed in formal evening wear with paw gloves”, where he drank from the guests’ water glasses.
Thailand is struggling with a deep recession caused by COVID-19 and the collapse of major tourism trade.
Opponents of the ultra-wealthy royal family have been encouraged in recent months as student protests against the establishment have risen.
Demonstrators recently began protesting, wearing crop tops, exposing their surroundings to mock the king, who was photographed wearing similar clothes at airports and German shopping malls.
The protests were fueled by reports of the king’s enormous wealth, valued by London Financial Times between $ 30 billion and $ 40 billion after state funds were effectively placed under his direct control by leaders of a successful 2014 coup.
He is considered to be the richest king in the world.
As The Daily Beast recently reported, Vajiralongkorn is also said to have created an exclusive fleet of 38 aircraft 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 the Grand Hotel Sonnenbichl in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, where his retinue of 20 concubines, all of whom are given the same honorable surname, has also damaged his inner and international reputation.
The email addresses provided on the Thai government’s websites did not work, and emails from The Daily Beast requested a comment to be returned. However, Thai royalty did not comment in response to press inquiries, in part because criticizing the royal family in the media is a crime under strict lèse majesté provisions of Thai law.
According to the latest census, according to a Prachatai agency, at least 55 people are facing now lèse majesté charges.