Malaysian Queen Tunku Azizah. Photo: AP

Queen reveals secret about her ‘belacan diplomacy’ between Singapore and Malaysia

  • Tunku Azizah disclosed that she was, for a time, the ‘official supplier’ of the shrimp paste to the city state’s first prime minister
  • According to her tweet, the royal still ‘supplies’ the sauce to the republic, which is now being enjoyed by PM Lee Hsien Loong
Topic |   Malaysia

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Malaysian Queen Tunku Azizah. Photo: AP
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Thailand's King Maha Vajiralongkorn with (the now former) royal noble consort Sineenat ‘Koi’ Wongvajirapakdi. Photo: AFP

From Thai king’s consort Koi to Meghan Markle, why is royal life so hard?

  • King Maha Vajiralongkorn has stripped his consort Sineenat Wongvajirapakdi of her titles, accusing her of disloyalty and an ambition to displace the queen
  • She joins a list of commoners who have struggled to adapt to royal life, from Japan’s Empress Masako, to Meghan Markle and a former Miss Moscow who married a Malaysian sultan
Topic |   Thailand

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Thailand's King Maha Vajiralongkorn with (the now former) royal noble consort Sineenat ‘Koi’ Wongvajirapakdi. Photo: AFP
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