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To say Meghan and Harry have no right to call themselves humanitarians

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superwoker Wed 16-May-18 15:21:06

I know there are lot's of conflicting reports but from what homeless people in the area are saying and video clips that are circulating they really are 'cleaning the streets' of homeless people in preparation for the royal wedding. I think this is just disgusting, especially taking into account that Meghan and Harry call themselves 'humanitarians'. I'm usually a person who quite enjoys the royals but this makes my blood boil

MrsTerryPratchett Wed 16-May-18 15:21:38

DO they call themselves that?

superwoker Wed 16-May-18 15:24:39

@mrsterry yes actually

pastabest Wed 16-May-18 15:26:04

I doubt the couple have personally ordered that the streets are cleansed of homeless people hmm

In fact I doubt it's even being done just to make the place 'look tidy' (although that's probably part of it).

Much more likely that it's part of wider security measures in general though.

MrsTerryPratchett Wed 16-May-18 15:27:07

Well I always used to say, back in the day when people used to say, "they do so much for charity"; "so do I and no one gives me BMWs and holidays from public money".

But if you are normally a Royalist, this is what you sign up for.

dailymailsucksbigtime Wed 16-May-18 15:31:46

What about their environmental credentials?

And more importantly 3 children-high environmental footprint- William and Kate.

katseyes7 Wed 16-May-18 15:32:25

l'm ex police, and l'd imagine this is nothing to do with Harry and Meghan personally, more to do with (ostensibly) security, but more likely the powers-that-be in Windsor wanting the place to look good on tv, bearing in mind how many people will see it. l find it appalling, and l think they'd be better finding the poor souls somewhere to stay, rather than wanting to give a good (and false) impression.

starryeyed19 Wed 16-May-18 15:35:18

It's Windsor council wanting the place to look "tidy" for the cameras. Nothing to do with the couple

FourFriedChickensDryWhiteToast Wed 16-May-18 15:41:10

well I am sorry for the homeless people in this case but honestly what do people expect? a load of homeless people on the floor wrapped in blankets on international TV? what about security? come on, get real.

finnmcool Wed 16-May-18 15:45:47

Instead of having a dig at Meghan and Harry, why don't you ask the government why they're not helping homeless people?
Talk to the people who can do something.

MrsTerryPratchett Wed 16-May-18 15:47:51

There were not lots of homeless people on the streets of Windsor 10 years ago. It's government policy now.

FourFriedChickensDryWhiteToast Wed 16-May-18 15:49:17

there are organisations such as St Mungo's etc who can 'help' but I suspect that most of those are in it for the money.
Anyway let's be honest, those homeless people in Windsor are not from there are they? they probably arrived there because they heard that begging is good there.

MrsTerryPratchett Wed 16-May-18 15:50:46

there are organisations such as St Mungo's etc who can 'help' but I suspect that most of those are in it for the money.

WTF? I worked for homeless charities for decades. I'm glad our work (which lead to massive reductions in street sleeping) is so easily dismissed. What did you do?

Allthebestnamesareused Wed 16-May-18 15:51:02

Meghan and Harry bashing threads are now almost as common as trans bashing threads!

pigmcpigface Wed 16-May-18 15:51:14

There is a protest against this - look for Royal Sleepover on Facebook.

Str4ngedaysindeed Wed 16-May-18 15:52:21

Yep. I work (on a pitifully low salary) for a homelessness organisation and I don't give a monkeys! Definitely in it for the money :D

VladmirsPoutine Wed 16-May-18 15:52:35

This is nothing to do with Meghan and Harry. It is a wider societal and structural problem regarding government policy.

Try harder next time.

FourFriedChickensDryWhiteToast Wed 16-May-18 15:53:04

Mrs TP I can assure you that St Mungo's is a money spinning organisation. I know this because my son was with them very recently. I am sure some individual workers are very good. Don't take it personally.

GruffaIo Wed 16-May-18 15:54:04

To add to the OP, I blame them personally for global warming, Trump's haircut, and the global shortage in vanilla I need for my ice cream. Just as reasonable as the OP's condemnations of them, I think.

PortiaCastis Wed 16-May-18 15:54:34

Oh sodding hell yet another Megan and Harry slag off thread

VladmirsPoutine Wed 16-May-18 15:58:44

I also blame them because there wasn't even enough milk to make a cup of tea when I got home earlier this afternoon.

Also they're to blame for my parking ticket which I accidentally overlooked and now have to pay the full rate penalty.

I also blame them because Kate didn't give birth to me. Had she done so I'd have led such a privileged and charmed life. These days I have to wake up at ungodly hours to commute to work and put the hours in. I even have to make my own cups of tea because I don't have 'staff'.

They really aren't helping anyone are they! I'm with you OP. Should we set-up a working group and make some posters?

The80sweregreat Wed 16-May-18 16:02:55

I blame governments, policies that don’t work and a lack of affordable housing amongst other things. It’s a long list.
I’m no royalist and can see the arguments for and against them being here, the cost etc etc but to put the blame at their feet for this is a bit much to be fair.

MiggledyHiggins Wed 16-May-18 16:06:09

With all the terrorist attacks in Britain in the past the wedding and the crowds it will attract, plus the fact it's live on TV with around the world coverage and would be an ideal target for a suicide bomber, and disguises such as a homeless person with their belongings would be an ideal disguise.

I'd say part of it is to make it look better but you can't ignore that a target with pretty much every high ranking royal in attendance is going to have massive security implications either.

SusannahL Wed 16-May-18 16:07:31

The thing to remember here is that a lot of those so called 'homeless' are nothing of the kind.

They are beggars. Taxi drivers in Windsor have stated that these 'homeless' individuals turn up complete with all the required paraphernalia, sleeping bag, dog, etc and there they sit, waiting for the generous unsuspecting tourists. Apparently it's quite a lucrative business with up to £200 per day being made.

Come 10 or 11 pm they then get taxis home to Slough.

Things are not always as they seem.

OliviaStabler Wed 16-May-18 16:07:51

It's Windsor council wanting the place to look "tidy" for the cameras. Nothing to do with the couple

This ^^

If you want to have a go at them, at least pick something they have actually done / have some control over hmm

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