While Thailand awaits definitive word on the condition of its second in line to the throne, said to have been incapacitated by a heart condition, the highest religious authority instructed monks to hold special prayer sessions for her recovery today.
Last night, Supreme Patriarch Amborn Ambaro instructed all Thai temples around the to perform blessings for the princess in their morning and evening prayers as rumors continue to spread about her condition.
The palace has not commented on the health of Princess Bajrakitiyabha beyond a terse statement late Thursday afternoon that she was unconscious and being treated at a hospital after losing consciousness at a military K-9 unit event in central Thailand.
Bajrakiyabha, 44 and known colloquially Princess Pa, was taken for treatment at a local hospital before being transported by helicopter to King Chulalongkorn Hospital in Bangkok. The hospital has put out books for visitors to write messages wishing the princess well.
Amborn Ambaro heads the Supreme Sangha Council, which governs Buddhist monks in Thailand. In 2017, he became the first supreme patriarch to be appointed directly by King Vajiralongkorn.
Rumors continue to circulate about the princess’ condition in chat groups and online message boards, but they have gone unreported due to the authorities’ aggressive interpretation of the lese majeste law, which can punish any perceived insult of the royal family by up to 15 years in prison.