Jeremiah Heaton, a father of three from from Abingdon, Virginia, has claimed a patch of land between Egypt and Sudan as his "kingdom" so that his Seven-year-old daughter, Emily, can be a real princess.
Several months ago, Heaton was playing with Emily and she asked him if she would ever be a real princess. He informed her she would. "At the time I had no idea how I would honor her wish but I knew that I had to find a way," Heaton wrote in a Facebook post.
He started researching how he could accomplish this, and his investigation led him to Bir Tawil, an 800 square-mile area that, due to land disputes, is not claimed by either Egypt or Sudan. According to the AP, the mountainous region is one of the last unclaimed pieces of land on earth.
Heaton trekked through the desert in June and planted the "Heaton kingdom" flag -- designed by his kids -- in the soil of Bir Tawil. When he got home, he requested that everyone address his seven-year-old daughter as "Princess Emily." He and his wife, Kelly, also got her a princess crown.
Heaton says he is pursuing "formal recognition" from African countries and is "confident" his claim will be taken seriously. Egyptian and Sudanese embassy representatives did not return requests for comment from the Washington Post.