Prince Charles will be returning from his royal tour in the Middle East with bottles of holy water, which may have huge ramifications for Lilibet Diana's christening.
There has been months of speculation regarding where Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will opt to have their daughter baptised, with some experts saying that a UK ceremony could offer a chance to quell the royal feud.
Despite initial reports suggesting that the Sussexes were keen on a ceremony at Windsor, royal sources have insisted that it is unlikely.
However, now that Charles is bringing bottles of holy water from the River Jordan back to the UK, there is speculation that they will be used to baptise his granddaughter, reports The Mirror.
The Prince of Wales along with his wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, have dipped their hands in the water of the Jordan – the location of Jesus’ baptism – during their trip.
It is a tradition for royal babies to be baptised with water from the Jordan using the ornate silver gilt Lily Font that forms part of the Crown Jewels.
Rustom Mkhjian, director general of the baptism site, confirmed that the Royal Family had asked for the holy water.
He told the Daily Mail : "You are absolutely right. This time the Embassy people asked for a few dozens [bottles] of holy water and we provided them with five dozen, six dozen, prior to this trip."
He said he was not aware what the holy water would be used for.
"I didn’t know, I didn’t want to ask but they said we wanted it for children to be baptised later on. Future baptisms, yes," he explained.
Lilibet, who Charles is yet to meet, isn't the only royal baby yet to be baptised, with Princess Beatrice’s daughter Sienna Elizabeth also waiting for a ceremony.
Lilibet’s brother Archie was baptised at Windsor with water from the River Jordan.
Charles and Camilla's current royal tour is the first in almost two years due to Covid, and will see the couple go to Egypt as well as Jordan.
Their tour has taken place at the request of the government to boost bi-lateral ties and highlight climate change crisis concerns.
They met King Abdullah II and Queen Rania at the Al Husseiniya Palace and have more than 30 official engagements lined up for the coming days.
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