‘Homeless in the shadow of castle since it was built’
DEFIANT members of Windsor’s homeless community were sheltering in the shadow of the castle as Princess Eugenie tied the knot.
They told the Mirror of their hurt at being encouraged to clear out for the year’s second royal wedding, adding: “It’s as if they want to make it look like there aren’t any homeless in Windsor.”
The council said it was not policy to move them
on and it offered optional support. Sunny Kumar, 40, refused to leave his regular pitch on the High Street, 100 yards from the gates of Windsor Castle.
Despite thousands arriving for a glimpse of the newlyweds, he did not get a penny from anyone.
Sunny said it was “a joke” taxpayers will get a £2.25million bill. He said: “That money could build a homeless shelter. Since the castle was built there have been beggars and homeless here. And it’s still happening. It’s sad things haven’t changed.”
Fellow rough sleeper Kevin McNally, 49, also thinks it is wrong for taxpayers to foot the bill for royal weddings. And like Sunny, he also found people ignored him as all eyes were on the castle.
He said: “We are invisible. People just walk straight past.”
SHELTER Sunny Kumar in Windsor