Thai King Maha Vajiralongkorn has fired four palace officials, including two for adultery and “extremely malicious” behavior. Two lieutenant colonels, palace guards of the royal bedrooms, were fired for adultery and “inappropriate acts” that resulted in “extremely malicious” conduct. What exactly they did is unknown.
A second announcement from the palace described the resignation and withdrawal of the grades and titles of two other palace staff. One of them was a former guardian of the king, and the other was a woman who was jointly responsible for the royal dogs and animals. They were fired for negligence in the performance of their duties and inappropriate behavior for their grades and titles.
A week ago, the official mistress of the king, Sineenatra Wongvajirabhakdi, was fired, and her military and royal titles are withdrawn. That happened according to the palace for infidelity to the king and because they conspired against the newly crowned queen in order to become queen herself.
Six other palace officials were also fired last Wednesday for “extremely malicious” behavior, a reason the king often cites when fired. Since his succession to the throne in 2016, Vajiralongkorn wants to exercise more control over royal finances and some military units. He has already fired many palace officials to replace his father’s faithful ones with people who are loyal to himself.