Crown Prince's Wife Sheds Royal Status

A file photo shows Thai Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn (R) with royal consort Princess Mom Srirasmi Mahidol Na Ayutthaya, at the Royal section of Bangkok Airport, Thailand, Sunday 11 June 2006. Srirasmi Vajiralongkorn relinquished her royal status in the midst of a corruption scandal that shook the government and monarchy. EPA/BARBARA WALTON

BANGKOK — The wife of Thailand’s Crown Prince has resigned her royal title, according to a statement announced in a Royal Gazette late Friday night.

“The King has granted permission to announce that Princess Srirasmi, the wife of Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn, has informed in a written document that she has resigned from her royal status,” the brief statement says.

Srirasmi married the Crown Prince in 2001, and the couple’s 9-year-old son is considered second in line to the Thai throne. 

The announcement comes two weeks after the Crown Prince stripped several of Srirasmi's family members of their royally bestowed surname after they were arrested in connection with a high-profile corruption scandal. 

A strict lese majeste law prohibits media in Thailand from reporting anything that could be deemed critical of the Royal Family. Those found guilty of lese majeste can be punished by up to 15 years in prison under Section 112 of Thailand's Criminal Code.

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