Princess Srirasmi Royal: Thai Royal Consort Princess Srirasmi Resigns, Divorce Announced Amid Scandal

December 14, 2014 | By Garrett Montgomery More

Princess Srirasmi royal scandal is making headlines. Princess Srirasmi steps down from her royal post amid scandal. Thailand’s Royal Consort Princess Srirasmi is renouncing her royal status, following a corruption investigation that has left many of her family members and military officials under a cloud of scandal and suspicion. By given up her royal role, Thai’s Princess Srirasmi is also set to lose custody of her only son.

Princess Srirasmi royal

Princess Srirasmi, royal no more after a lengthy investigation that lead to the arrest of seven relatives.

Princess Srirasmi‘s family, along with numerous police and military officials including the head of the Central Investigation Bureau, were arrested for alleged graft. Those involved in the corruption used a politician’s authority for personal gain.

More than 20 people detained in the graft probe used their relationship to a royal for illegal activities such as running casinos, oil smuggling, kidnapping and extortion.

One of Thailand’s richest men and the founder of Wind Energy Holdings Nopporn Suppipat with an estimated fortune of $800 million, is on the run from police on charges relating to the probe.

The relatives and officials have been slapped with charges ranging from bribery to defaming the monarchy.

Those who took part in the illegal activities are facing some serious time behind bars, because under section 112 of Thailand’s criminal code, anyone convicted of defaming, insulting or threatening the king, queen, heir or regent will get between 3 to 15 years in prison on each count.

The family members of Princess Srirasmi, the Princess Consort to His Royal Highness Crown Prince MahaVajiralongkorn, were stripped of their special royally-bestowed surname “Akkharapongpricha” in November.

On Friday, Crown Prince Vajiralongkorn issued a statement announcing that his third wife had decided to step down from her royal duties. The brief statement 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.”

No reason was given as to why the Princess was forced to step down. Srirasmi who was last seen in public on December 6th at the 9th anniversary of “The Family Bond Project” will lose her royal title, “Mom,” which translates as princess, but will be given the new title, “Thanpuying,” the highest honor for a commoner.

Prince MahaVajiralongkorn, 62, has also divorced 43-year-old Princess Srirasmi after 13 years of marriage. Prince MahaVajiralongkorn will have full custody of the couple’s nine-year-old son, Dipangkorn Rasmijoti, who is the heir to the throne.

Political experts say that Princess Srirasmi’s resignation creates a sense of uncertainty over the future of the monarchy. Thailand’s 87-year-old ailing King Bhumibol Adulyadej is the world’s longest-serving monarch.

In October, King Bhumibol Adulyadej was hospitalized and underwent an operation to remove his gallbladder.

Crown Prince MahaVajiralongkorn, a fighter pilot has in recent years replaced his father in many ceremonial duties.

Princess Srirasmi steps down from her royal duty and loses custody of her only child, all in the same month.

What are your thoughts on Princess Srirasmi royal scandal?

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  1. West Winds says:

    I think we are giving way too much power to way too few people who evidently don’t know how to handle it. I also think we need to have a long, close and heavily investigated look at how we raise children; we keep getting bumper crops of criminals and irresponsible kooks.

    • Free Elephant says:

      I think the corruption is deeper than what we read on the news. Find a scapegoat, and let the story die down. Same thing as 2 British Tourist got murdered and Thai Police got 2 Burmese men to admitted to the crime and that is the end of the story. Hopefully, these 2 men can get help from International community.

  2. beardie says:

    What does it matter what I think I am half a world away,and do not have the funds to vacation there so BIG SH8T!

  3. Jim Tom says:

    They are a waste of time. Thialand is a motel 6 in a world where 5 star Hotels can’t make it. They still eat fried spiders…..

    • Foo Lee says:

      Mr. Jim Tom: Your mind is so narrow.

      • annon says:

        Foo Lee: LOL!! SO RIGHT….This world is becoming a bad place becuz of narrow minded people.

        Jim Tom: I just wanna laugh at u!!! You’re so narrow minded and negative!!!!

    • Olive Branch says:

      Your comments are not true. They do not eat spiders hahaha; yet, they do other things that boost their economy. Think about it Mr. Tom.

      • Well Traveled says:

        Jim Tom may be a little narrow minded; however, he is correct!
        Spiders and insects are a food item in Cambodia and Thailand!
        My only trip to Thailand I tried a fried Tarantula! Well at least I bit the leg. It was sweet but still not very good to me. LOL

  4. Martha McWiilliams says:

    I wonder if the woman was involved personally with any of the corruptness that her relatives were involed in. If she was not , why would she be dismissed? Maybe she was but that would be too bad , does she still get to be involved with her child?

  5. D.B. Cooper says:

    No msuction… no crown.

  6. Keith says:

    I don’t know how she couldn’t know. When almost her whole family was involved in some form of illegal activity. You can only keep your head in the sand for so long before you have to pop it out to get a fresh breath of air, you know!!!

  7. Bjbanks says:

    Why are there still Kings, Queens, Prince, Princesses, etc. what purpose do they serve? If you ask me they are all leeches, who suck money from their countries and the working class and poor people pay for their right to exist. Get rid of all of them and make them regular folks, who work for a living.

    • Litivious says:

      Amen.

    • Naomi Tarasawa says:

      Why is their a god? Oh right, god doesn’t exist. People don’t trust their own decisions so they have to have a leader everywhere. King, president, chief…etc. They exist to make decisions for people who don’t trust their own.

      • Mary Beth says:

        Don’t bring God into this unless you’re a believer of Him. Besides, what’s so hard to believe in something GOOD?! I’d much rather believe that He does exist and die to find out that He doesn’t than to believe that He doesn’t only to find out that He does.
        So if you can’t think of nothing nice to say about God then please leave Him out of the conversation.

        • Armindo Genero says:

          Thank you Mary Beth; there’s no need to bring God, The Almighty One into this issue. Let’s know that God the Eternal One is not a Person to be mocked of. He’s too Excellent, too High and too Just. So, we’re supposed to give Caesar what belongs to him and give unto GOD what is GOD’S.

    • maame123 says:

      You are so right. All these things with royals and non royals just give the royals permission to do whatever they want to the commoners and get away with it. This has been going on since the first city appeared. They don’t know how to make money but have the nerve to call other people commoners. Those commoners are the whole reason why you are not on the streets, looking and begging for food.

    • LGS says:

      Bjbanks: A president,senators,representatives (Fed.and state)etc. what purpose do they serve? If you ask me they are all leeches, who suck money from their countries and the working class and poor people pay for their right to exist. Get rid of all of them and make them regular folks, who work for a living. Just saying.

  8. Zev says:

    Apparently, the princess did not see that her title was an en-titlement to scandal. Since the corruption that she was embalmed in gave her reign as princess a faceless treatment that she wanted to be rid of; she stepped down instead of being steeped in the filth. Divorcing the Prince is understandable, but losing her son to the snobbish royal status is ridiculously anti-righteous and quite too political of empowerment to the royal rule.

    • Litivious says:

      Indeed.

    • Well Traveled says:

      She is now a commoner! Her son is heir to the throne! It’s a double edged sword, but, she cannot be a commoner and the mother to a royal, much less heir to the throne. Once she abdicated that was everything!
      She fell on her sword for her family name deserved or undeserved I don’t know. It is hard to imagine that she was unaware of anything that was going on.

    • HRM Renee says:

      It comes down to customs.

  9. Litivious says:

    Who cares.

  10. Litivious says:

    She is good-looking, I would like to see her naked.

  11. torigan says:

    you people run your mouth but none of you have a clue what its like to live there……

    • Living in Thailand says:

      Yes you are absolutely right @torigan, people who do not live in Thailand should not comment on what they wholly do not understand… cannot believe some of the comments left for this post, however, it is your rights and your opinions…

  12. stanton blackmer says:

    These decisions are best left to the royal family.

  13. Dan says:

    Wow, there is a lot going on in Thailand.

    The whole world is corrupted. Humans everywhere, abusing their power.

    Shameful.

  14. Jam Vee says:

    Corruption is, and will remain the main reason for the abject poverty that is prevalent in many countries around the world. Lowly (govt.) officials actually take more, overall, because of their sheer number. But what they take is innocuous, because it rarely causes real harm to the victims. If you want your motor bike inspected so you can get a new license plate, it will cost you “extra”, and you plan for that. However the unlimited power wielded by the few high ranking folks is mind boggling. What makes their crimes so intolerable, is that those people have absolutely no sense of moral conscience. The Billion$ that they rake in, actually contributes to the death rates because many of their schemes take food out of the mouths of the poor, or medicines away from the sick. Those are the people that steal the foreign aid money.

  15. Dee says:

    Like attracts lik. The king of Thailand is a theif and a murderer. In Thailand though, you can’t talk about that.


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