Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 18 December 2014

Man claims kingdom for daughter

Jeremiah Heaton and his seven-year-old daughter, Princess Emily, with their flag representing the Kingdom of North Sudan (AP/Bristol Herald Courier)
Jeremiah Heaton and his seven-year-old daughter, Princess Emily, with their flag representing the Kingdom of North Sudan (AP/Bristol Herald Courier)

A US man says he has claimed a kingdom in Africa so his daughter can be a princess.

Jeremiah Heaton, of Virginia, told the Bristol Herald Courier he recently trekked to a small, mountainous region between Egypt and Sudan called Bir Tawil. No country claims the land.

Heaton said he planted a flag designed by his children there so that he could become a king - and more importantly, so his seven-year-old daughter Emily could be a princess. They named the area the Kingdom of North Sudan.

Shelia Carapico, a professor of political science and international studies at the University of Richmond, said Heaton would not have political control over the land without legal recognition from neighbouring countries, the United Nations or other groups.

Heaton said he hopes to get Sudan and Egypt to recognise the kingdom.

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