Second snub for Windsor homeless as officials tell rough-sleepers to clear off the streets before Eugenie’s £2m wedding… just months after they were told to leave for Harry and Meghan’s big day
-The £2million cost and likely disruption of Eugenie’s wedding has caused anger
-Now this disquiet has spread to Windsor’s homeless who have been told to move
-Council insist this decision is to protect them and belongings from large crowds
-But one rough sleeper said of the costs: ‘That money could be spent on housing’
Windsor’s homeless have been ordered to move out of town before Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank marry on Friday, it was revealed today.
Rough sleepers have been spoken to by council wardens and urged to go elsewhere before the couple’s procession.
In May Windsor council leader Simon Dudley caused outrage when he called for rough sleepers to be ‘cleared out’ of the town before Prince Harry married Meghan Markle in May.
James Pusey, one of those who has been warned, said: “She’s not a proper royal. She sits in the background and uses it to her advantage.
“That money could be spent on housing. People that are actually homeless and vulnerable could become a priority.
“No one begrudges her a happy wedding day, but why go to such expense?”
Many are angry the lavish day will cost taxpayers £250,000 in clean-up costs on top of a £2million bill for police and security.
It comes as it can be revealed that Eugenie – who carries out no public duties – could have saved the public purse millions by getting married at a royal chapel in her dad Prince Andrew’s own back garden.
James, 34, said he has been told to move his belongings or they will be confiscated and held in a police lock-up.
He added: “They are saying… we’ve got to not be around when it’s taking place.
“Basically, they want the streets clear. It’s as if they want to make it look like there aren’t any homeless people in Windsor.”
Up to a dozen rough sleepers in the Berkshire town have been warned ahead of Eugenie’s wedding to tequila brand ambassador Jack Brooksbank, 32, on Friday.
The Tory council also sparked anger when it urged homeless people to clear out for the wedding in the town of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in May.
Rough sleeper Sunny Kumar, 40, said: “At least with Harry and Meghan their names brought something to Windsor and lots of money to the businesses. But with Eugenie it’s not really going to happen.”
Sunny added: No one knows who she is.
“These people are rich anyway. They should all pay for their own wedding. That money could be spent on homelessness or education.”
Kevin McNally, 49, who has been homeless for 14 years, and who sleeps in a tent with his girlfriend and their dog Diamond, said of the money being spent on Eugenie’s wedding: “That carriage ride could put homeless people up in a hostel for months.
“I’m not against the royals, but it’s a joke the money they are spending.”
A spokesman from the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead council said: “We have been advising them that the royal wedding is taking place on Friday, October 12 and due to their vulnerability they may want to move locations within the town centre where they may not be impacted by the anticipated higher footfall.
“We are also providing safe storage of certain possessions. Homeless people will not be asked to remove themselves from the streets.”
They added: “As with any large event, we have offered a facility to our most vulnerable people in the community on the day of the wedding in conjunction with Windsor Homeless Project should they not want to join in the celebrations. This is an offer not an order. If people are happy to stay put they are able to do so.
“We have also offered a safe place to store their possessions to ensure they are not inadvertently removed by the police as part of their security measures. Again this is an offer of support not an order.
“We would never force a vulnerable person to take us up on these offers of support and any suggestion otherwise is untrue.”
Thames Valley police warned that any unattended items deemed a security risk may be removed.
The wedding will be at the same venue as Harry and Meghan chose – St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle.
The reception will be three miles away at the Royal Lodge in Windsor Great Park where Prince Andrew and daughters Eugenie and Beatrice live.
It has its own romantic church – the Royal Chapel of All Saints – in the grounds.
A royal insider said it made sense financially and for security reasons to have the wedding there.
He said: “There would be no need for anything like the major security operation that is in progress for her wedding at Windsor Castle.
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