BANGKOK, May 26:
As the sounds of a George Michael song drifted over the tropical gardens, Thailand’s Crown Prince and his fun-loving wife were in the mood to party.
But the guest of honour at the event was not a visiting head of state or local dignitary — but the couple’s pampered poodle, Foo Foo.
A video of the decadent event shot at the Thai Royal Palace in Bangkok shows a topless Princess Srirasmi — a former waitress — cavorting in just a tiny G-string as she feeds cake to the dog.
In one scene, a servant falls to his knees in front of her. Later the royal couple singHappy Birthdayto their dog as cameras flash.
The video emerged as Thailand is rocked by a military coup. Former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra was detained in Bangkok on Friday and was later released. Hundreds of people have taken to the streets to protest the military’s power-grab.
The Crown Prince and his wife yesterday left Tylney Hall, a five-star hotel in Hampshire, England, where they and a 30-strong entourage had been ensconced for almost a week.
The video is sure to intensify concerns about Prince Maha’s fitness to succeed his father, 86-year-old King Bhumibol Adulyadej. The ailing king has not been seen in public since the military junta decreed martial law.
Last year, leaked US diplomatic cables revealed many senior Thai officials expressing grave doubts about the Crown Prince.
In one, a former US ambassador in Bangkok told how Princess Srirasmi confided in him during a state dinner that Foo Foo “holds the rank of Air Chief Marshal”.
Four sons of the Crown Prince from a former marriage have been exiled from Thailand by their father since 1996 and now live in the United States.
Thailand’s military junta blocked MailOnline today after the site revealed the video of the country’s Crown Prince and his wife partying.