Vanuatu Island Prince Philip worshippers say his spirit is seeking a new home

The chief of a remote Pacific village which worshipped Prince Philip with religious fervour says it is too early to know whether the British royal’s descendants will receive similar deification.

Yakel village on the Vanuatu island of Tanna for decades venerated Philip, who died at Windsor Castle last week at the age of 99. Village chief Albi said it was unclear how the religious movement would change following Philip’s death, as his spirit was believed to be adrift and seeking a new home.

While many outsiders assumed Philip’s eldest son Charles or grandsons William and Harry would succeed him in having a special place in the villagers’ hearts, Albi said nothing was certain.