Prince William’s christening had a key difference from christening of the other royal family members.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are about to welcome their first baby. Ahead of baby Sussex’s arrival there are already talks about his or her upcoming baptism, which leads Anna Kretschmer, a journalist of Express, revisit the christening royal traditions.

According to her, royal babies have been christened with water from the River Jordan, the holy site where Jesus was baptized by St. John. Unfortunately, in 1982, the palace hand run out of its supply, so Prince William was christened with tap water.

The Duke of Cambridge was the only royal to miss the tradition. Prince William and Kate Middleton’s children were also christened using the holy water obtained from Jordan after being sterilized and blessed.

The same water was used for the Duchess of Sussex’s baptism, which she had before marrying Prince Harry in 2018. However, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex may or may not follow the said royal christening tradition.

Prince Harry and Markle don’t usually follow the traditions set by the royal family. For example, instead of following Princess Diana and Middleton’s choice of hospital, previous reports said that Markle is not giving birth at St. Mary’s while some said that she will give birth at home. In addition, the pregnant duchess is also reportedly not planning to have a baby photoshoot just hours after delivery like what the Princess of Wales and Duchess of Cambridge did to their children.

Markle reportedly doesn’t want to be pressured to look “immaculate” after her delivery. At the time, there is still no update about baby Sussex. However, Prince Harry and Markle already announced that they would keep their birthing plan a secret and would not announce the baby until they have celebrated his or her arrival in private.

Due to Prince Harry and Markle’s choice, a number of netizens slammed the couple. The critics stressed that they are entitled to know about the baby because they pay for the royal couple’s privileged life.

Meanwhile, royal author Tina Brown compared the backlash Markle experienced to Princess Diana. According to her, the two women suffered the same “animosity” for only doing what they want.

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Prince William attends the unveiling of The Victoria Cross Commemorative Paving Stones representing each of Birmingham's 1st World War recepients at the Hall of Memory, Centenary Square on Dec. 7, 2015 in Birmingham, England. Getty Images/Richard Stonehouse