SINEENAT Wongvajirapakdi is a former royal guard member of Thai King Maha Vajiralongkorn’s army.
After the king ascended to the throne, he appointed Sineenat as a royal consort, making it the first time in the country's modern history that a monarch has publicly admitted to having more than one partner.
Who is Sineenat Wongvajirapakdi?
Niramon Ounprom, now known as Sineenat “Koi” Wongvajirapakdi, 35, is the mistress of the King of Thailand.
She was given the new identity in a ceremony held by the king and his wife after naming her royal consort.
Sineenat also worked as a nurse and holds a private pilot's license following training in Germany and flight school in 2018 with the Thai Air Force.
When was she named part of the royal consort?
In August of 2019, Sineenat was anointed with water while she lay at the king’s feet in accordance with Thailand’s royal tradition.
His new wife Queen Suthida, who was sat next to her husband during the televised service, showed no emotion as Vajiralongkorn splashed water on his new lady.
This is the first time a Thai king has practiced polygamy since the end of the absolute monarchy in 1932.
A few months after being anointed, Sineenat was ousted and stripped of her noble ranks and titles over a supposed conflict between her and his wife Suthida.
Sineenat was presumed to be dead but it was later announced she was imprisoned at the Lat Yao Central Women's Correctional center.
King Vajiralongkorn reportedly restored her noble titles and military ranks upon her release.
What is the leaked nudes scandal she’s involved in?
More than 1,400 snaps of Sineenat– many of them naked or semi-naked – have been sent to detractors of the Royal family to “sabotage” the royal consort.
The leak of the photos are thought to be connected to a bitter rivalry between the king’s mistress and his wife.
The revelation of the controversial snaps comes after she rejoined the royal harem after being dramatically expelled.
The pictures – thought to have been taken by Sineenat herself – were sent to British journalist Andrew MacGregor Marshall, who has written critical articles about the Thai monarchy, reported The Times.
“The photographs are clearly from Koi's personal phones,” he wrote in a Facebook post.
“Most of the images are photographs she took of herself, and dozens of them are very explicit. It seems probable that she had taken these explicit photographs of herself to send to Vajiralongkorn.”
The 1,443 snaps were taken between 2012 and 2014 and include revealing shots of Koi topless and in skimpy nightwear.
The pictures were also sent to Thai academic Pavin Chachavalpongpun, who lives in Japan and who faces criminal prosecution in Thailand for his criticism of the monarchy.
Ongoing tensions have dogged the monarchy as protesters have taken to the streets of the country’s capital Bangkok this year to demand reforms to the Royal family.
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