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20 mistresses, leaked vids and abducting daughter – the crazy life of Thai king

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A hareem of 20 mistresses, a huge fortune, a loyal wife, and an abduction, are all part in parcel of the crazy life of the Thai prince-turned-king.

King Maha Vajiralongkorn, also known as Rama X, has amassed a staggering £24billion fortune, and lives a life most of us can only dream of, but his antics have attracted a fair share of controversy over the years.

The 68-year-old became head of the monarchy in Thailand following his father's death in 2016, but rather than living in the state in which he is head he spends most of his privileged life in Bavaria, Germany.

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A few years before he became king a video went viral on Facebook, reported Vox, which showed a jeans and crop top wearing prince meandering around a Munich shopping centre accompanied by his mistress and not his wife.

With his crop top revealing what appeared to be temporary tattoos on his midriff Vajiralongkorn was clearly displaying less-than-royal behaviour in Germany and there were concerns over him becoming king.

In Thailand the monarchy is revered and plays a central role – where it a crime to even insult the king thanks to its lèse-majesté laws.

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During lockdown Vajiralongkorn was reported to have moved his hareem of 20 mistresses into a luxury hotel in Bavaria, the Grand Hotel Sonnenbichl, after receiving "special permission" from authorities, at a time when all hotels were meant to have temporarily closed down due to the pandemic.

The king is not the only royal, though, who has fallen victim to a leaked video.

In 2009 a home video allegedly showed his third wife, Srirasmi Suwadee, dressed in only a G-string at the birthday bash of Vajiralongkorn's pet poodle.

In the same year an Australian man was jailed for three years after publishing a book containing a seemingly offensive sentence towards the prince.

He was later pardoned by the king, Rama IV, at the time.

In 2011 Vajiralongkorn agreed to pay a German firm £18million as part of a £27m debt owned – an act the Thai government reportedly covered up.

He had a daughter, Princess Soamsawali Kitiyakara, in 1977 with his first wife but went on to father five more children with an actress he had an affair with, Yuvadhida Polpraserth.

After divorcing his wife he then married Yuvadhida before they broke up two years later and she and all the children moved to Britain.

Fuming, the prince abducted his daughter and took her back to Thailand – but not before hanging up posters around the palace accusing his former wife of adultery.

His daughter was given the title of princess but his wife and sons were all stripped of their titles.

By 2005 his third wife Srirasmi gave birth to a boy and he declared that his wild days where finally behind him.

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