ABINGDON, VA – When Jeremiah Heaton says his daughter is his “little princess”, he’s not kidding! The father from Virginia claimed a patch of barren land in Northern Africa as his kingdom, in order to make his 7-year old daughter a real princess. Heaton, a married father of three, says he got the idea after his daughter, Emily, asked him if she would ever be a real princess. Not wanting to be a daddy downer, Heaton told her “heck yeah”. That’s when things got complicated.
Not wanting to disappoint his daughter with something as trivial as reality, Heaton turned to the internet. He read about an 800-square mile area that, due to land disputes, wasn’t claimed by surrounding countries. That was the good news. The bad news was this “no man’s land” was way out on the border of Egypt and Sudan. Staying true to his promise, Heaton traveled to the middle of nowhere and in a move straight from classic cartoons stuck his home-made flag in the ground and proclaimed the land his kingdom making Emily a princess.
Of course, before this story has a happier ever after, Egypt and Sudan (and the rest of the world) have to first recognize the “Kingdom of Heaton.” Approval will most likely not come about. Claiming some land in North Africa seems like a long way to go to make your daughter happy.