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Thailand’s Princess Srirasmi relinquishes Royal title

Princess Srirasmi, the wife of Thailand’s Crown Prince, has relinquished her Royal title sparking a downfall which means that she is no longer in line to become the country’s next Queen. The exact reason for Princess Srirasmi’s decision is unknown though last month it emerged that several of her family members were detained in a high-profile corruption scandal which could have led to the relinquishment of title.

The decision by the Princess went public late on Friday December 12th after the wife of Crown Prince Vajiralongkorn had asked for permission to give up her Royal status. King Bhumibol Adulyadej approved the request and 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.”

Princess Srirasmi is the third wife of the Crown Prince, marrying back in 2001, the couple have one son together. Though the Crown Prince was already known to be estranged from the Princess, the former Royal couple continued to attend official functions together. Although as of yet there has been no official announcement of divorce, it is inevitable that the couple will separate.

To the surprise of many, this isn’t the first time that a wife of the Crown Prince has been brought down in such a public way. His second wife Yuvadhida Polpraserth was also discredited and consequently forced in to exile eighteen years ago.

King Bhumibol of Thailand is the worlds longest reigning monarch, a widely revered and a unifying figure, the King has been on the throne in Thailand since 1946.
Featured Photo Credit: Miguel Vicente Martínez Juan via photopin cc

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