Britain’s planned crackdown on homeless people and beggars in the town of Windsor ahead of Prince Harry’s wedding with US actress Meghan Markle has triggered a political storm and indignation.
The royal marriage will be held on May 19 at Windsor Castle, the favored residence of Queen Elizabeth II located about about 32 kilometers (20 miles) west of London.
The wedding is expected to draw thousands of extra visitors to the picturesque riverside town that is already popular with international tourists.
Simon Dudley, the Conservative leader of the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead council, has urged the local Thames Valley Police force to take action against their “aggressive begging and intimidation.”
“A large number of adults that are begging in Windsor are not in fact homeless,” Dudley wrote in a letter. “This is creating a concerning and hostile atmosphere for our residents and the seven million tourists who come to Windsor each…