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US man claims African 'kingdom' to make daughter a princess
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US man claims African 'kingdom' to make daughter a princess

1 22.07.2014 From our online archive
Jeremiah Heaton travelled to an 'unclaimed' piece of land between Egypt and Sudan and planted a flag in it, calling it The Kingdom of North Sudan. He insists his daughter is now legally a princess.
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Jeremiah Heaton travelled from his home in Virginia to an 'unclaimed' piece of land between Egypt and Sudan and planted a flag in it, calling it The Kingdom of North Sudan. He says he won't mind if you don't address him as 'Your Majesty', but he insists his daughter is now legally a princess.

It’s not much of a castle… but for now, the local town playground will have to do for Princess Emily and her brother Prince Caleb. Emily’s dad, now technically King Jeremiah, recently claimed one of the few unassigned pieces of land in the world on behalf of his daughter.

“With a child you don’t want to ever tell them they can’t be something they desire to be, and at age six, her frame of reference for the world was to be a princess, so I told her that she could be”, said Heaton.

Most dads would have left it at that. But Jeremiah did some research, and found that territory known as Bir Tawil, between Egypt and Sudan, was unclaimed by either country. He decided to go there, and earlier this year he planted a flag designed by him and his children. He reckons this gives him a better claim than anyone else.

'King' Jeremiah continued “Russia went to the North Pole area and, using a submarine, planted a flag on the seafloor to represent their territorial claims for energy rights there, so the process of planting a flag is sort of the defined method of doing that.”

Jeremiah seems deadly serious about his plans for the territory - he’s hired an office cubicle in Washington D.C. to act as an embassy, and says he fully expects Egypt and Sudan to be in touch to discuss official recognition just as soon as Ramadan’s over!

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