Saturday, 13 December 2014

Thailand Crown Prince's Wife Resigns From Royal Role

Princess Srirasmi wife of Prince Vajiralongkorn, the crown prince of Thailand, has resigned from royalty and her resignation has been accepted by the king. A statement said King Bhumibol Adulyadej had accepted Princess Srirasmi's written request.

At least seven members of the family of the princess have been arrested on corruption charges, prompting the Crown Prince, Vajiralongkorn to ask the government to strip his wife's family of their royally bestowed name.

The palace statement, which appeared in the Royal Gazette, read: "Princess Srirasmi, wife of Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn... has written to respectfully resign from her status in the royal family and permission has been granted by His Majesty the King."

Srirasmi is the crown prince's third wife, the pair married in 2001. They have a son.

 Although they continued to attend official functions together, it was widely known that the crown prince was estranged from the princess.

The princess's uncle, a police general, was arrested over accusations of amassing vast wealth through smuggling and gambling rackets.

Four of her siblings and two other relatives have also been held.

Srirasmi would have been expected to become queen when the crown prince succeeded his father.

The pivotal position of the monarchy in Thailand's political order makes the succession an extremely sensitive issue.

Many aspects still cannot be reported from inside the country.

The strict lese majeste law criminalises any critical comment about the monarchy.

The world's longest-reigning monarch, King Bhumibol, a widely revered and unifying figure, has been on the throne in Thailand since 1946.

Source: BBC

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