The tragic passing of Lisa Marie Presley, daughter of the late rock ‘n’ roll legend Elvis Presley, earlier this year was expected to bring her family closer together. Instead, it has sparked a bitter feud between her mother Priscilla and Lisa’s daughter, actress Riley Keough.
Riley, 33, is Lisa’s oldest child, and one of two she had with her first husband, Danny Keough. Reports suggest that Riley was upset when her grandmother, Priscilla, arrived at the funeral with Michael Lockwood, Lisa’s fourth husband and father to her 14-year-old twin girls Harper and Finley. Lisa had only finalized her divorce from Lockwood six months prior to her death, making his appearance at the funeral controversial.
Sources close to the family have suggested that Lisa would not have wanted Lockwood to attend her funeral, and his presence has only served to fuel tensions between Priscilla and Riley. In the weeks following Lisa’s death, Priscilla launched a legal bid to gain control of Elvis’s estate, which is currently managed by Riley.
The lawsuit challenges the “authenticity and validity” of Lisa’s decision to remove Priscilla as a trustee of the Presley estate in 2016 and replace her with Riley and her brother Benjamin, who tragically passed away in 2020. The trust, which owns Elvis’s old home, Graceland mansion in Memphis, Tennessee, and a 15% stake in Elvis Presley Enterprises, is valued at an estimated £90 million annually.
Adding to the conflict are rumors that Priscilla has been locked out of Graceland. However, the management of the estate denies these claims.
The Presley family has long been in the public eye, with Elvis Presley’s legacy remaining a powerful force in the music industry. But this recent family feud threatens to tarnish that legacy, casting a shadow over the memory of Elvis and his daughter Lisa Marie. Only time will tell if Priscilla and Riley can reconcile their differences and put an end to this ongoing conflict.