Jeremiah Heaton of Abingdon, Virginia, is either a very clever man, a too-indulgent father or — perhaps — a little of both. Whatever.
His daughter, Emily, wants to be a princess. So Heaton found land between Egypt and Sudan, which is not claimed by either country. He didn’t get anywhere with his official requests to both countries — they’re a little busy being pulled apart at the seams at the moment, anyway — so he traveled there, planted a flag, and declared himself king.
That makes Emily a princess. Nice birthday present.
Heaton says he did it to show his children that he’d go “to the ends of the earth for them.”
“If we can turn North Sudan into an agricultural hub for the area … a lot of technology has gone into agriculture and water,” he told the Daily Mail. “These are the things [the kids] are concerned with.”