Here is a guy who took his opportunity and converted a steel platform on two concrete structures into a private “kingdom” and possible future fortune!! So, he is selling the “Kingdom” to live happily in his earlier country (?) .. so what happens to his earlier British citizenship? And will the erstwhile king retain the citizenship of Sealand Principality anymore? What a guy!
The tiny Principality of Sealand, which began life as Roughs Tower in 1941, is a 550 sq m steel platform perched on two concrete towers 11 km off the coast of Harwich, eastern England.
It is accessible only by helicopter and boat but according to its owners, who want offers of eight digits or over, boasts uninterrupted sea views, guarantees complete privacy and is a tax haven.
“We have owned the island for 40 years now and my father is 85,” Prince Michael of Sealand was quoted as saying. “Astronomical figures have been mentioned but we will just see what comes forward.”
Former British army major Paddy Roy Bates began occupying the island with his family in 1967, declared it a state in international waters and gave himself the title “prince”.
Britain’s Royal Navy attempted to evict him the following year but were unsuccessful. As they entered territorial waters, Roy of Sealand fired warning shots from the former fort.
A judge then ruled in his favour that Sealand was outside British government control as it was beyond the three-mile limit of the country’s waters.