After an unexpected visit that sparked rumors among many in the kingdom, two of King Maha Vajiralongkorn of Thailand’s estranged sons declared on Monday that they intended to return to the nation shortly.
The brothers’ unannounced journey was their first to their own country in 27 years, despite the fact that the Royal Palace has not made any formal announcements or provided any public commentary on their visit.
“This week went by very quickly. I have a lot of goals that I want to accomplish, but I don’t have much time. Everyone I’ve encountered has been friendly since I returned to Thailand this time. Vacharaesorn Vivacharawongse, the second oldest son of the King, said from Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport. “I’ve got the chance to converse directly with a variety of Thai individuals.
After being abroad for so long, coming home to Thailand had filled the “holes in my heart,” he continued.
Vacharaesorn said, “This is such an awesome feeling.”
After nearly three decades of estrangement, their return stirred excitement among many people in the country and fuel rumors that the boys would actually be welcome back into the royal family.
Despite Thailand’s draconian lese majeste law, which carries hefty prison sentences for any perceived criticism of the royal family and makes any candid conversation about their position fraught with legal peril, social media has been flooded with Thais speculating on the cause for their visit.
Vacharaesorn, 42, visited a Buddhist temple and an underprivileged children’s childcare center in Bangkok after arriving in Thailand last week.
A few days later, his 40-year-old brother Chakriwat Vivacharawongse, the King’s third son, arrived. Together, the two visited Siriraj Hospital to pay respects to a portrait of their late grandfather and to Prince Mahidol, their great-grandfather and widely recognized as the pioneer of modern medicine in the nation.
Chakriwat, a medical doctor, wrote on his official Facebook page after the hospital visit: “I am able to be a doctor today due of his motivation. And I’ll carry on in his legacy by imparting this motivation to all medical students.