Rise and fall of a Thai Royal Consort

Sineenat Wongvajirapakdi was removed from her post as Royal Consort of King Vajiralongkorn on 20 October.

Sineenat Wongvajirapakdi working for the 904 project to promote monarchy and spirit of volunteerism.

The royal announcement said that Sineenat attempted to make herself the Queen of Thailand during preparations for the royal marriage between King Vajiralongkorn and Queen Suthida and remained ambitious after the marriage.

The royal announcement also said that Sineenat tried to make unauthorized orders on behalf of the King and Queen Suthida. It said that the King made her a Royal Consort in order to reduce the tension, but Sineenat remained dissatisfied and return the favour with inappropriate behaviour.

All her military and royal titles have been stripped from her due to inappropriate behaviour considered detrimental to the security of the monarchy and the nation. Her time as a Royal Consort lasted only 84 days since her royal appointment in 28 July, the first time a Thai King had practiced polygamy since the end of absolute monarchy in 1932.

Sineenat climbed military ranks quickly before becoming a Royal Consort. The former nurse was given the rank of Second Lieutenant in October 2008 and Major General in May 2019. BBC Thai reported that in 6 years at least 10 announcements have been published in the Royal Gazette regarding her titles.

She led a military procession during the royal coronation in May. The most recent announcement was on 14 October when she was appointed head of the advisory board for the 904 Project which aims to promote loyalty to the monarchy and the spirit of volunteerism.

The hashtag #ใหญ่กว่าที่คิส (Bigger than ever thought) topped Twitter in Thailand in response to the news release as journalist Wassana Nanuam posted on Facebook earlier that big news was coming. She deleted the post and hinted that it is not related to politics or the military. After the news, she posted "to be continued."

Somsak Jeamteerasakul posted on Facebook a picture of a post which has been deleted from the Royal World Thailand webpage saying that Sineenat was sentenced by a military court to prison for 2 years. The sentence has yet to be confirmed.