US man claims African land so his daughter can be real princess

US man claims African land so his daughter can be real princess
Published: 2014 July 15 08:07:49 (10067 Views)
Jeremiah Heaton from Virginia, US, has claimed a piece of land between Egypt and Sudan after telling his 7-year-old daughter, Emily, who sleeps in a custom-made castle bed at night, that he would one day make her an actual princess.

The doting dad took the kingdom, otherwise known as Bir Tawil, an 800 square mile stretch of desert in northeastern Africa, following an online search for unclaimed areas of land sparked by his promise to his little girl (known from now on as Princess Emily).

Although several attempts to claim the area have been made online, Mr Heaton feels his stands the most chance of success as he actually travelled to the area in June and planted a flag in the ground – the flag featured a family crest designed by his three children.

The new royal family (Princess Emily plus her two brothers, Princes Justin and Caleb), have decided to name their land the Kingdom of North Sudan and hope to 'turn North Sudan into an agricultural hub for the area', says their dad.

Mr Heaton now just needs to get Sudan and Egypt to recognise his Kingdom of North Sudan. Simple.



Although he says he's confident in his claim, experts are less convinced.

Shelia Carapico, professor of political science and international studies at the University of Richmond, told the Telegraph that 'it was not plausible for someone to plant a flag and say they have political control over the land without legal recognition from neighbouring countries, the United Nations or other groups.'

She adds that although no one lives there, it is still entirely conceivable that the piece of land is already owned and could already be part of a political nation.

The Heatons are not easily deterred though. Emily now wears a crown wherever she goes, while the royal letterhead is already on order.

And her proud dad says that whatever happens, he has achieved his goal, to follow through on the promise he made his daughter.



Source - Metro

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