Va. dad makes daughter real princess

Forget dress up. This father went to the ends of the earth to make his daughter real princess.

By Nathan Legg
Posted on Jul 16, 2014 - 1:13pm

ABINGDON, Va.  (  

What girl hasn’t told her father that she wants to be a princess?

When that happens, most dads run to the mall and buy their girl a Belle, Cinderella or other dress from The Disney Store.

But not 38-year-old Jeremiah Heaton who made his daughter a real princess!

“While playing one day she [Emily] stopped and posed a question, ‘Daddy, will I ever be a real princess?’ The only answer I could give my sweet little girl was ‘Yes, of course you will be a princess one day!’ Heaton writes on Facebook.

“As a father I do my very best to not make empty promises to my children. At the time I had no idea how I would honor her wish but I knew that I had to find a way,” he says.

After weeks of research the father of three (he has two boys too) discovered Bir Tawil.

“It was a by product of a 113-year-old border dispute between Egypt and Sudan,” he says. “It was the very last piece of earth unclaimed by any nation or man.”

He says with the full support of the Egyptian government, he traveled 14 hours through the open desert.

On June 16, 2014, Heaton laid his claim to the Eastern African region of Bir Tawil.

Jeremiah Heaton plants flag making himself a King, and declares his daughter Princess.

Jeremiah Heaton plants flag making himself a King, and declares his daughter Princess of the Kingdom of North Sudan.

“Once in the Bir Tawil region, I planted a flag, designed by my children and made a physical claim on the land,” Heaton says.

And just like that, on Emily’s seventh birthday, Bir Tawil became the Kingdom of North Sudan.

Emily is now Princess Emily. And Jeremiah Heaton is King Heaton.

“I kindly request that when you see Emily, to address her by official title, Princess Emily. Each time she hears this title she will be reminded of my love and the lengths I will go to fulfill her every wish,” says Heaton.

And we can’t wait to see what he does when his daughter asks, “Will I ever be rich and famous?”


Nathan Legg is a contributing writer for Daddyhood who enjoys most writing stories about dads teaching their sons life lessons, sports and finance. Born in Pittsburgh and a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, Nathan and his dad’s relationship revolves around sports. Together they watch and discuss all things Black n’ Gold on a daily basis.