Open main menu

Sujarinee Vivacharawongse (Thai: สุจาริณี วิวัชรวงศ์; RTGSSucharini Wiwatcharawong; May 26, 1962), née Yuvadhida Polpraserth (Thai: ยุวธิดา ผลประเสริฐ; RTGSYuwathida Phonprasoet), stage-named Yuvadhida Suratsawadee (Thai: ยุวธิดา สุรัสวดี; RTGSYuwathida Suratsawadi) or nicknamed Benz (Thai: เบ๊นซ์), is a Thai actress and the second consort of Vajiralongkorn, the then Crown Prince of Thailand, from 1994 to 1996. She now lives in the United States.[2]

Sujarinee Vivacharawongse
Born
Yuvadhida Polpraserth

(1962-05-26) May 26, 1962 (age 57)
Ban Phanthom, Bangkok, Thailand
ResidenceFlorida, U.S.
Other namesYuvadhida Suratsawadee
Sujarinee Mahidol na Ayudhya
OccupationActress
Years active1977–1979
Spouse(s)
Vajiralongkorn
(m. 1994; div. 1996)
Children
Military service
Allegiance Thailand
Branch/service Royal Thai Army
RankRTA OF-3 (Major).svg Major[1]

Contents

Early lifeEdit

Sujarinee was born on 26 May 1962, the daughter of Thanit Polpraserth and Yaovalak Komarakul na Nagara. Her father was a musician and composer in the Sunthraphon band.[3]

CareerEdit

At fifteen, she was introduced to Thai filmography when actress Sarinthip Siriwan helped her to find a job in the drama Kot haeng kam and Manut pralat. In 1977 she co-starred in the films Sip ha yok yok sip hok mai yon and Lueat nai din. In 1978 and 1979 she was a leading actress in the film Saen saep, Ai thuek and Hua chai thi chom din.

In August 1979, she announced her retirement from the entertainment industry.[4]

Marriage and divorceEdit

When Vajiralongkorn was introduced to Yuvadhida Polpraserth, she was an aspiring actress. She became his steady companion and gave birth to four sons and a daughter:[5]

  1. Prince Juthavachara Mahidol (จุฑาวัชร มหิดล Chuthawat Mahidon, born 29 August 1979), married Riya Gough on 1 September 2013.
  2. Prince Vacharaesorn Mahidol (วัชรเรศร มหิดล Watchareson Mahidon, born 27 May 1981)
  3. Prince Chakriwat Mahidol (จักรีวัชร มหิดล Chakkriwat Mahidon, born 26 February 1983)
  4. Prince Vatcharawee Mahidol (วัชรวีร์ มหิดล Watcharawi Mahidon, born 14 June 1985)
  5. Princess Busyanambejra Mahidol (บุษย์น้ำเพชร มหิดล Butnamphet Mahidon, born 8 January 1987)[6]

They were married at a palace ceremony in February 1994, where they were blessed by the King and the Princess Mother, but not by the Queen. After the marriage, she was allowed to change her name to Mom Sujarinee Mahidol na Ayudhya (หม่อมสุจาริณี มหิดล ณ อยุธยา), signifying she was a commoner married to a royal. She was also commissioned as a major in the Royal Thai Army and took part in royal ceremonies with Vajiralongkorn. When she fled to Britain in 1996 with their children, Vajiralongkorn had posters placed around his palace accusing her of committing adultery with Anand Rotsamkhan (อนันต์ รอดสำคัญ), a 60-year-old air marshal.[7]

Sujarinee, together with her children, moved to England in 1996. While she and her sons are reportedly banished from Thailand, her only daughter, Princess Busyanambejra (later changed to HRH Princess Sirivannavari Nariratana) returned to Thailand to live with Vajiralongkorn.[8] Sujarinee and her sons have since moved to the United States.[9]

FilmographyEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Ratchakitcha
  2. ^ Pavin Chachavalpongpun (15 December 2014). A Thai Princess' Fairy Tale Comes to an End. The Diplomat. Retrieved 6 April 2015.
  3. ^ Khita Phayathai (10 June 2010). Kaeo Atchariyakun and Thanit Polpraserth [ครูแก้ว อัจฉริยะกุล กับ ครูธนิต ผลประเสริฐ]. ASTV (in Thai). Retrieved 6 April 2015.
  4. ^ อนุทินดารา. ไทยรัฐ. 27 สิงหาคม 2522. หน้า 4 (in Thai)
  5. ^ Jeffrey Finestone. The royal family of Thailand: the descendants of King Chulalongkorn. Bangkok: Phitsanulok Pub. Co. 1989, p. 275-276
  6. ^ Ellis-Petersen, Hannah (2018-12-19). "YouTube host faces charges for criticising Thai princess's Miss Universe dress". The Guardian. Retrieved 2018-12-19.
  7. ^ Christy Campbell (20 October 1996). "Adultery princess casts shadow on untouchables". Web archive. The Telegraph. Archived from the original on 24 October 1996. Retrieved 20 July 2011. When the Queen and Prince Philip arrive in Bangkok next week to begin their state visit to Thailand they will find sanctuary from media salaciousness.
  8. ^ "Principessa Sirivannavari Nariratana di Thailandia". L'Uomo Vogue Italia (in Italian). 20 November 2013. Retrieved 6 April 2015.
  9. ^ Harriet Alexander (13 December 2014). Thailand's future uncertain as princess loses royal status. The Telegraph. Retrieved 6 April 2015.
  10. ^ Nai Chaidi (20 May 2014). คมพยาบาท เมื่อรักกลายเป็น (แก้) แค้น [Khom Phayabat, Love to Vengeance.]. Post Today (in Thai). Retrieved 15 April 2015.

External linksEdit