With that, she walked back over to De Silva and took the crown off her head, pulling out the pins as the first and second-runners up could only watch bewildered.
Trying to remain poised as a Mrs Sri Lanka should, the humiliated De Silva just stands there as she is unceremoniously stripped of her title, before taking her bouquet and striding off the stage with what grace she could muster.
The organizers later confirmed that De Silva is not divorced, and had not broken any rules, thus was the rightful Mrs Sri Lanka, despite the brash coup.
On social media , De Silva insisted she was a single mother, but not divorced, which the organizers knew.
There are a lot of single mums like me today who are suffering in Sri Lanka,” she said at a press conference the following day. “This crown is dedicated to those women, those single mums who are suffering to raise their kids alone.”
She also revealed in her post that she went to hospital with a head injury due to the forceful snatching, and is taking legal action.
She said more painful than the physical injury to her skull, as well as the embarrassment from the incident, was hearing her young son’s concern for her in the aftermath.
“Finally, I say a true queen is not a woman who snatches another woman’s crown, but a woman who secretly sets another woman’s crown!!” she concluded.
The national director of Mrs Sri Lanka World, Chandimal Jayasinghe, told News Reporters that the crown was returned to Mrs De Silva on Tuesday.
“We are disappointed,” he said. “It was a disgrace how Caroline Jurie behaved on the stage and the Mrs World organization has already begun an investigation on the issue.