Meghan Markle was hoping that her royal wedding in May to Prince Harry would be a fairytale dream for her, but now that dream is turned into a nightmare as she is now receiving backlash for something that is being done in preparation for her this day.
NBC News reported the British government will be moving all 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. The leader of the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead council, Simon Dudley, took to Twitter to say that there has been an “epidemic of rough sleeping and vagrancy” in the town and said he wants police “to focus on dealing with this before the #RoyalWedding.”
He wrote in a letter to the local Police and Crime Commissioner Anthony Stansfield: “This is creating a concerning and hostile atmosphere for our residents and the seven million tourists who come to Windsor each year. 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.”
The famous couple 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.
Dudley said: “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. The whole situation also presents a beautiful town in a sadly unfavorable light.”
Stansfield stated that police would be happy to clear the area of the homeless.
He said in a statement:“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.”
Murphy James the Windsor Homelessness Project’s manager told that 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 counselor of the borough. If somebody is sleeping out on the street, they are not there by choice, they are there because something has gone wrong” he said.