PRINCE Harry was yesterday urged to come and see the homeless on the streets of the town where he is to marry American actress Meghan Markle.

The call came after the couple, due to wed at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle on May 19, put out a plea for donations to charity, rather than wedding presents with Crisis – the national charity for homeless people being among the seven chosen.

Crisis welcomed being chosen.

Jon Sparkes, chief executive of Crisis, said: “We are hugely grateful that Prince Harry and Ms Markle are asking the public to support Crisis as they celebrate their wedding.

“Homelessness is one of the most urgent issues of our time, but at Crisis we know what it takes to end it.”

However, while believing the move by the couple was in keeping with their shared interests of campaigning for those most in need, Murphy James, Windsor Homeless Project manager, said the Prince should see the problem for himself on the streets which will play host to 100,000 wellwishers set to mingle with the burgeoning number of rough sleepers in Windsor town centre.

And he invited Harry to see the work done by the Project at Windsor’s Baptist Church in William Street.

Talking to the Observer exclusively, he said: “Harry and Megan have shown great compassion and understanding by asking for donations to be made for charities in favour of gifts and that is to be heralded.

“I do, however, extend an invitation to the pair to visit their local charity, the Windsor Homeless Project, to gain an understanding of what is happening in their own town.

“Whilst Crisis is a fantastic charity, it doesn’t deal with local issues for local people and that is what is needed at this very moment.”

His call also comes after Royal Borough leader Simon Dudley called on police to clear rough sleepers from the town before the high profile wedding.

The Observer was the first newspaper to highlight the problems Windsor faces in an exclusive last August as the numbers of genuine homeless people increased dramatically as aggressive beggars, some of whom have places to live, plus drug and booze addicts, made their plight difficult to solve.

The Royal Borough has yet to come up with a a coherent plan that tackles the multi-faceted issue surrounding rough sleepers on our streets, even though it has promised one will be implemented since last October.

It has failed to publish a multi-agency approach to the problem and has faced criticism from public and businesses alike.

Regarding the soon-to-be royal couple’s charity announcement, Kensington Palace said: “Prince Harry and Ms Markle do not have any formal relationships with the charities chosen.

“The couple have chosen charities which represent a range of issues that they are passionate about, including sport for social change, women’s empowerment, conservation, the environment, homelessness, HIV and the Armed Forces. Many of these are small charities, and the couple are pleased to be able to amplify and shine a light on their work.”

The palace said the couple has selected seven organisations: CHIVA (Children’s HIV Association); Crisis; the Myna Mahila Foundation; Scotty’s Little Soldiers – a charity for bereaved Armed Forces children; StreetGames; Surfers Against Sewage; and The Wilderness Foundation UK.

The prince and the American former actress also picked a charity that Ms Markle has visited in India.

The Myna Mahila Foundation empowers women in Mumbai’s urban slums, by offering stable employment close to their homes, and breaking taboos around menstrual hygiene by offering women access to low cost sanitary pads, and accurate information.

Suits star Ms Markle wrote about the Foundation’s work combating period poverty in Time Magazine last year, highlighting how the schooling of young women in India is disrupted when they are menstruating.

Suhani Jalota, who founded Myna Mahila in 2015, said: “This support will enable us to expand our reach into more urban slums in Mumbai, empowering local women through access to menstrual hygiene products and employment opportunities.”

Kensington Palace had not responded by the time we went to press.