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Virginia dad makes daughter a real princess

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Jeremiah Heaton is raising the bar for fathers everywhere.

Last year, his daughter Emily asked if she could be a real princess. Heaton told her yes and then set out to keep his promise.

After searching online, he found a patch of unclaimed land in the African desert.

The 800-square mile patch of land is called "Bir Tawil" -- and sits along the Sudanese border.

On June 16th -- Emily's 7th birthday -- Heaton traveled there, declared the area "The Kingdom of North Sudan," and planted a flag designed by his three kids.

He then named himself king - making Emily a princess.

In an interview with the Washington Post, Heaton said he did it to prove to his kids he would go to the ends of the earth to make their dreams come true.

Heaton says he received permission to travel to the unclaimed land from Egyptian authorities.

But experts tell the Bristol Hearld Courier that in order for his claim to the land to be legal, he needs recognition from neighboring countries or the United Nations.

Heaton says he's already looking into it.

Heaton says he plans to turn the area into an agricultural production center because "Princess Emily" wants to make sure kids the region have enough food.

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