Sineenatra Wongvajirabhakdi was previously dubbed “ambitious” in trying to obtain royal titles.
A Thai royal consort who was previously stripped of her titles last year has had them restored after she was deemed “guiltless”.
Sineenatra Wongvajirabhakdi was accused of “breaching a code of conduct for courtiers and was disloyal to the king,” according to a statement from the palace at the time.
In July last year, Major General Wongvajirabhakdi – who is said to be the Thai king’s mistress – had become the first person to be named as a royal noble consort in almost a century.
Her titles were stripped just three months later, but an official statement dated 28 August 2020 says it should now be considered that they were never removed.
The statement said: “As Miss Sineenatra Wongvajirabhakdi is guiltless of any fault, therefore there is a royal command appointing Miss Sineenatra Wongvajirabhakdi to remain the rank of nobility Chao Khun Phra Sineenatra Bilasakalayani and His Majesty private military officer’s position and rank, and to receive all royal decorations given.”
It continues that she is now “considered as never having been stripped of the rank of nobility and His Majesty private military officer’s position and rank, and all royal decorations before”.
King Maha Vajiralongkorn married his fourth wife, Queen Suthida, two months before the original appointment.
Sineenatra was accused of wanting to be queen herself, and was dubbed “ambitious” in trying to obtain royal titles and “self-promoting” in her royal activities – with photos released of her handling a gun and in the cockpit of an army jet.
“She lacks the understanding of the good traditions of the royal court. She displays disobedience against the king and the queen,” the palace said at the time.
Thailand enforces lese majeste – a law which makes it illegal to defame, insult or threaten the monarchy, with punishment of three to 15 years in prison.
Born in 1985, Sineenatra is from northern Thailand and worked as a nurse before entering a relationship with the then crown prince Vajiralongkorn.
She trained as a pilot in Thailand and abroad, served in the king’s royal bodyguard unit, and in 2019 was awarded the rank of major general.