Priscilla Presley had asked to be buried next to her ex-husband Elvis, despite the fact that his body is currently interred between both his parents’ graves.
The 77-year-old reportedly made the request while she was involved in a long-running dispute with her granddaughter, Riley Keough, 33, over the Graceland multi-million dollar estate of late Lisa Marie Presley, daughter of Elvis and Priscilla.
Despite being entangled in the legal battle – which ended on Tuesday in a joint settlement – Priscilla made a request to be buried next to Elvis at his legendary estate in Memphis, according to TMZ.
Sources told the publication that Priscilla’s request was instantly denied, as it would involve moving his parents’ gravestones, and she ‘backed down’.
Priscilla told the magazine: ‘Although I don’t plan on going anywhere anytime soon. It is my family’s and my wish for me to be laid to rest with my daughter and the love of my life when that time comes. We appreciate the love from all of the fans.’
Priscilla Presley had asked to be buried next to her ex-husband Elvis, despite the fact that his body is currently interred between both his parents’ graves
Riley Keough pictured with her late mother Lisa Marie Presley
Priscilla filed the legal challenge to Lisa Marie’s will only two weeks after her death in January at the age of 54.
The will gives control of Lisa Marie’s wealthy Promenade Trust to her daughter Riley.
Riley, 33, who was reportedly furious when her grandmother went to court to protest the will, did not file an objection to Priscilla’s challenge.
On Tuesday it became clear she and her grandmother had buried the hatchet and settled their differences.
After announcing to LA Superior Court Judge Lynn Scaduto that there was an agreement between the two, Riley’s attorney Justin Gold added that he planned to file a motion to seal the details of the settlement to keep them from the public eye.
The lawyers also declared in court on Tuesday that the women had reached a settlement on a second trust involving Lisa Marie’s insurance policies – thought to total $35million.
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A view of the grave of Lisa Marie Presley during her memorial on January 22, 2023 in Memphis
Fans visit the grave of Lisa Marie Presley during her memorial on January 22, 2023
Judge Scaduto scheduled a hearing August 4 for the court to give official approval of both settlements.
‘Priscilla is happy,’ her attorney Ronson Shamoun told DailyMail.com ‘The families are happy and unified and together and excited for the future.’
Asked if Riley too was happy with the settlement, Gold told DailyMail.com, ‘She would not have agreed to the settlement if she was not happy with it.’
Riley always supported her mother during her drawn out, often nasty divorce and child custody disputes with her fourth husband, musician Michael Lockwood, 61, father of Lisa Marie’s twin, 14 year-old daughters, Finley and Harper.
It’s been reported that Priscilla and Lisa Marie were ‘barely speaking’ just before the latter’s death after Priscilla sided with Lockwood over custody of the twins.
Multiple sources told People that the mother and daughter were not on speaking terms, despite appearing at multiple events together, including the premiere for the Elvis biopic starring Austin Butler.
‘Riley was always on her mom’s side when it came to Michael (Lockwood),’ one source told the magazine. ‘It bothered her that her grandmother and Michael flew to (Lisa Marie’s) funeral together.’
Lawyers for Priscilla Presley and Riley Keough announced Tuesday at a Los Angeles probate court that the two had ‘reached a settlement’
Riley, 33, was reportedly furious when her grandmother went to court to protest the will after Lisa Marie’s death
Priscilla also helped Michael get into the ceremony at Elvis’s famous home, Graceland, despite her late daughter’s wishes.
‘Michael was not invited,’ a close friend of Lisa Marie told People. ‘He came to Memphis under the pretense that he had to chaperone the twins – and he forced his way in with Priscilla’s help.
‘The last thing Lisa Marie would have wanted was for Michael to be there.’
The rift between Riley and her grandmother began when Priscilla went to court – just days after Lisa Marie’s memorial service – to dispute her daughter’s decision in 2016 to change her will, remove Priscilla and her ex-manager Barry Siegel as trustees and replace them with Riley.
The will contains the rights to the Graceland mansion and a 15 percent stake in Elvis Presley Enterprises. Lisa Marie also had two life insurance policies, one believed to be worth $25million and another one for $10million.
Riley always supported her mother during her drawn out, often nasty divorce and child custody disputes with her fourth husband, musician Michael Lockwood, 61, father of Lisa Marie’s twin, 14 year-old daughters, Finley and Harper
Just days after Lisa Marie’s memorial service, Priscilla filed a petition questioning the ‘authenticity and validity’ of her trust
As well as replacing Priscilla as a trustee and cutting her out of the will, Lisa Marie’s 2016 amendment also named Riley’s brother Benjamin as the other trustee. But Benjamin committed suicide in 2020 leaving Riley as sole named heir.
Priscilla’s challenging petition to the court questioned the ‘authenticity and validity’ of the trust, claiming that Lisa Marie’s signature was ‘inconsistent,’ and asked to be restored as a trustee.
The grandmother of four also claimed she was not aware Lisa Marie had changed the trust in 2016 until after her daughter passed away.
If Priscilla’s petition were granted, she and Riley would be made co-trustees of Lisa Marie’s estate.
Last month, Judge Scaduto granted Lockwood’s petition to be appointed ‘guardian ad litem’ of Harper and Finley – allowing him to represent the girls over their mother’s hotly-contested estate.
Harper and Finley are both beneficiaries of Lisa Marie’s trust while their father Lockwood is not.
Last month, a judge granted Lockwood’s petition to be appointed ‘guardian ad litem’ of Harper and Finley
The will contains the rights to the Graceland mansion (pictured) and a 15 percent stake in Elvis Presley Enterprises
Riley honored her late mom on the first Mother’s Day since since her passing, posting a photo of her mom and father, Danny Keough, 58, holding her as a newborn. ‘Lucky to have had the best and most deeply loving mama I could ask for’
Michael Lockwood and Lisa Marie spent years fighting about finances and were still negotiating up until her death
Lisa Marie died in January, hours after she suffered a cardiac arrest at her home in Calabasas, California.
She had been rushed to a hospital in critical condition and was said to be in a coma following a ‘full cardiac arrest’ shortly after she had been complaining about stomach pains.
Priscilla, who was at her daughter’s side, said in a statement: ‘It is with a heavy heart that I must share the devastating news that my beautiful daughter Lisa Marie has left us.
‘She was the most passionate strong and loving woman I have ever known. We ask for privacy as we try to deal with this profound loss. Thank you for the love and prayers. At this time there will be no further comment.’
Lisa Marie’s death comes just two days after she was pictured with her mother at the Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hills Hilton where Austin Butler won a Best Actor award for his portrayal of her father in Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis.
Lisa Marie’s life was tumultuous, with five stints in rehab for cocaine and opioid abuse, four failed marriages – including one to Michael Jackson – as well as losing her son to suicide and a fierce custody battle over her twin girls with Lockwood who she falsely accused of having child pornography.
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