The leader of Windsor council has sparked fury after demanding police clear the town of an 'epidemic' of homeless people before the royal wedding.
Conservative Councillor Simon Dudley has accused rough sleepers of 'aggressive begging and intimidation' and wants them moved on before Prince Harry ties the knot with Meghan Markle in May.
The couple will walk down the aisle at St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle and Cllr Dudley thinks the 'detritus and bags' of homeless could even provide a security risk.
Cllr Simon Dudley (left, with Theresa May) has accused rough sleepers of 'aggressive begging and intimidation' and wants them moved on before Prince Harry ties the knot with Meghan Markle in May
He also fumed that they 'present the town in a sadly unfavourable light'.
In a series of ranting tweets, the boss of the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead authority said 'residents have had enough of this exploitation of residents and six million tourists pa [per annum]'.
He also vowed to write to Thames Valley police 'asking them to focus on dealing with this before the #RoyalWedding'.
In reply, Windsor Police tweeted: 'We need to protect the most vulnerable in society by working together but each agency must understand its own unique responsibilities.
'Housing is the responsibility of the council but it is better that agencies work together so people don't become homeless.
'We deal with reports of begging proportionately but we have not had reports of anyone being marched to cashpoints to take out money.'
Left, Cllr Dudley and right a post he retweeted of a rough sleeper near Windsor Castle
Cllr Dudley believes that the bags and detritus could cause a security risk for the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle
It is expected that tens of thousands of people will arrive in Windsor for Harry and Miss Markle's wedding on May 19.
The chapel was described as a 'very special place' for the prince and where the couple had spent time together during their romance.
The 11th century castle is one of the Queen's favourite residences and she often spends weekends there.
Last month the 91-year-old monarch was spotted