His son, the Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn, has been married three times and in the past two years scandalous film footage has been distributed on the Internet and on clandestine CDs, featuring him and his current wife, Princess Srirasmi.

– Extracted from Richard Lloyd Parry, “King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand ill in hospital”, The Times, 22 September 2009.

Previous New Mandala coverage of the way that other taboos have been broken is available from 1 December 2008, 22 December 2008 and 29 December 2008.