Not everyone is spending the lockdown downcast. If you doubt, proceed to The Grand Hotel Sonnenbichl in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, a ski town near the Austrian border in Germany, chances are you might not find parking space for your car, or whatever brings you there.
Truth is that the entourage of Thai , Maha Vajiralongkorn, 67, has booked down the hotel to the point staff is locked out of the fourth floor.
Well yes, and the royalty is accompanied by a harem of 20 concubines with military ranks.
A report by Bild found that part of the facilities Vajiralongkorn and his entourage have taken over includes a ‘pleasure room’ , may be because his army of ‘sex soldiers’ are on hand to do the royal one’s biddings.
“The king, also known as Rama X, spends much of his time outside Thailand and has previously been spotted wearing a crop top while cycling in Switzerland”, the report said.
It also cites the hotel’s website, referring to the coronavirus pandemic as reason for currently being unavailable for bookings without mentioning its long-term guests.
One hotel worker said staff are forbidden from the fourth floor where the king and his entourage have set up camp.
Max Boeddeker, a Bild reporter who investigated the hotel, said the diplomatic immunity of King Maha Vajiralongkorn, meant there was little that Germany could do about it.
At the hotel, his concubines are apparently given military-style designations with number such as S01 or S020 and ranks such as major or colonel.
They are also given honorary titles such as Sirivajirabhakdi or ‘The beautiful one who will be faithful to the king’, it is claimed.
The king is also said to have a so-called ‘pleasure room’, which has been set up especially for the monarch and his concubines.
‘The concubines make a big gamble – with the hope of winning big. Some are happy to join and are hoping for riches and success for themselves and their families.
‘Others give in to the king’s pressure to join over fear of the consequences if they refuse’, a source was quoted as saying
Thailand itself has been under lockdown since March, and has so far recorded 2,992 cases and 55 deaths from coronavirus, but the king is known to have flown back to Thailand from Munich Airport at least once, and was last week seen inspecting protective gear in Bangkok.
News of the king’s absence has even sparked rare online criticism in Thailand, where insulting the monarchy is punishable by up to 15 years in prison.
READ ALSO: World Bank Suspends Chinese Firm Over US$210m Fraud AllegationsHowever, the report said a hashtag that translates to ‘why do we need a king?’ became popular in Thailand after an overseas activist posted about Vajiralongkorn’s activities in Germany.
One government minister posted a warning to citizens online with an image of a handcuffed hand above a keyboard.
King Maha Vajiralongkorn succeeded to the throne in 2016 after the death of his father, King Bhumibol Adulyadej, who had reigned since 1946.
The new king was not formally crowned until May 2019 when carried on a golden platform in a six-and-a-half-hour procession through Bangkok.
Just days before the coronation, the King married his long-term consort and gave her the title Queen Suthida, in a surprise move.
According to royal tradition in Thailand, the ruling monarch is seen as god-like and semi-divine, and is revered as such among his subjects.
As a result, the King must always be seated higher than everyone else, and during official ceremonies, events, and speeches, the monarch’s feet are supposed to be above the heads of those around him.
Analysts believe that with all such privileges, King Maha Vajiralongkorn is equal to doing more.
-Adapted from Mail Online