Prince Vajiralongkorn in 2013
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Thailand crown prince strips wife's family of royal name

The Crown Prince of Thailand, Prince Vajiralongkorn, has ordered the government to strip his wife's family of a royal surname, in a move that is thought to be a first step on the way to divorce.

It comes after seven of her close relatives were arrested in a purge of officials allegedly involved in corruption.

Princess Srirasmi Akrapongpreecha is Crown Prince Vajiralongkorn's third wife, and the pair married in 2001.

Jonathan Head reports.

  • 29 Nov 2014