‘Home­less in the shadow of cas­tle since it was built’

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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

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