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Thailand's new king is a womaniser who likes to wear crop tops, tattoos

DECCAN CHRONICLE | DECCAN CHRONICLE
Published Oct 14, 2016, 8:48 pm IST
Updated Oct 25, 2016, 5:21 pm IST
The father-of-seven with three failed marriages was pictured in Germany in May wearing a tank top, sagging jeans and covered in fake tattoos. (Photo: Youtube screengrab)
 The father-of-seven with three failed marriages was pictured in Germany in May wearing a tank top, sagging jeans and covered in fake tattoos. (Photo: Youtube screengrab)

Bangkok: Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn, 64, who is set to be crowned King of Thailand after his father King Bhumibhol died on Thursday, is a womaniser, wears crop tops and has fake tattoos, a report has revealed.

According to a report in the Daily Mail, the father-of-seven with three failed marriages was pictured in Germany in May wearing a crop top, sagging jeans and covered in fake tattoos. He was also carrying his beloved pet poodle, who has been appointed an air marshal.

The scantily clad woman standing beside him on the red carpet was Suthida Nui, a flight attendant who is believed to be his mistress.

Vajiralongkorn has had three failed marriages since 1977, love affairs, a love of fast jets and an explosive temper, said the report.

Breaking tradition, Prince Maha has asked for a delay of four days before he ascends the throne, shocking some people in the Thai establishment.

Maha has been the subject of various controversies through the years. In 2007, a video of his third wife was published online, dressed in nothing but a black G-string while she sang happy birthday to the royal couple's beloved pet poodle, Fufu. She also ate from the dog’s bowl.

Maha wed his first cousin Soamsawali Kitiyakara in January 1977 and the couple had a daughter. But the marriage broke down.

Nine months after his daughter was born, the prince had a son with actress Yuvadhida Polpraserth, with whom he went on to have a total of five children.

He and Kitiyakara however, divorced only in 1993. In 1996, Polpraserth fled to the UK after the affair was busted.

In 2001 he wed his third wife Srirasmi Suwadee, who he described as a simple and modest woman.

A former bar waitress, Srirasmi and Maha had a child but the marriage collapsed in 2014.

Prince Maha stripped her of her royal titles and, after granting her a reported £4.5m settlement, exiled her to an undisclosed location in Thailand.

It is said that the Thai people fear and loath Maha, and a journalist’s biography of King Bhumibhol describes him as a violent man. However, the biography was banned in Thailand.

Reportedly, King Bhumibhol was quite unsure of his son’s ability to rule, given his philandering ways. When Maha was young, the king tried a number of measures to bring his son in line – cutting his money to stop him partying, as well as warning that he would break from tradition and hand over the throne to his daughter if Maha continued to behave that way. But nothing worked.

Thailand has declared a year of mourning after Bhumibol, the world's longest-reigning monarch, died aged 88 at Bangkok's Siriraj Hospital on Thursday.

On Thursday, Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-Ocha said all official engagements would be toned down for the next 30 days out of respect for the deceased king, adding, “He is now in heaven and may be looking over Thai citizens from there.”

Referring to Prince Maha, he said, “Once the crown prince has expressed his sadness and bereavement over his father, and once the time is appropriate, he affirms that he realizes the duties of the heir of the throne. 'In regards to royal duties, he will continue to do them as the crown prince. He wishes everyone understands and does not make things chaotic.”

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