American actress Meghan Markle was hoping that her May wedding to Prince Harry would be a fairy tale dream for her. However, that dream is quickly turning into a nightmare as she is now receiving backlash for something that is being done in preparation for her big day.
NBC News reported the British government will be clearing beggars from the streets in preparation for the wedding because their presence would be a “detritus” in presenting the town of Windsor in a positive light. Simon Dudley, the leader of the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead council, took to Twitter to say that there has been an “epidemic of rough sleeping and vagrancy” in the town and said he wanted police “to focus on dealing with this before the #RoyalWedding.”
“This is creating a concerning and hostile atmosphere for our residents and the seven million tourists who come to Windsor each year,” he wrote in a letter to the local Police and Crime Commissioner Anthony Stansfield. “It is becoming increasingly concerning to see the quantities of bags and detritus that those begging are accumulating and leaving on our pavements, at times unattended, thus presenting a security risk.”
Prince Harry and Markle will be getting married at the oldest inhabited castle in the world which has been a home of British monarchs for almost 1,000 years.
“Obviously, the level of tourist interest is set to multiply with the Royal Wedding in May 2018, and there are increased concerns from our residents about their safety,” he wrote, calling for the police to invoke powers such as the 1824 Vagrancy Act to clear the streets,” Dudley said. “The whole situation also presents a beautiful town in a sadly unfavorable light.”
Stansfield indicated that police would be happy to clear the area of the homeless.
“I will of course provide (Councillor) Dudley with a full response addressing his concerns once I have received the letter and investigated further the issues he has raised,” he said in a statement.
The Windsor Homelessness Project’s manager Murphy James said it’s “sickening” Dudley had cited the royal wedding as a reason for concern.
“It’s absolutely abhorrent that anybody has got these views in this day and age, especially a lead councillor of the borough,” he said. “If somebody is sleeping out on the street, they are not there by choice, they are there because something has gone wrong.”
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