Riley Keough Opens Up About Her Relationship With Grandma Priscilla Presley

Riley Keough with Priscilla Presley

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Riley Keough Shares Where She Stands With Her Grandmother Priscilla Presley Following Legal Dispute Over Lisa Marie Presley’s Will & Estate

Shortly after Lisa Marie Presley‘s death in January, her daughter, Riley Keough, and her mother, Priscilla Presley, entered a legal dispute over her estate. Priscilla filed a petition challenging the validity of Lisa Marie’s will. The petition disputed a 2016 amendment to the will which removed Priscilla as a trustee of Lisa Marie’s estate.

Lisa Marie’s two eldest children, Riley and Benjamin Keough, replaced Priscilla as co-trustees. But Benjamin died in 2020, leaving Riley as the sole trustee listed in the will.

Riley Keough with her mother Lisa Marie Presley, brother Benjamin Keough, and sisters Harper and Finley Lockwood
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After months of back-and-forth, Riley and Priscilla reached a settlement over Lisa Marie’s estate in May. That settlement established Riley as the lone trustee and made her the owner of Elvis‘ Graceland property in Memphis, Tennessee.

The settlement also granted Priscilla permission to be buried at Graceland upon her death.

Most recently (on August 4), Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Lynn Healey Scaduto confirmed Riley’s appointment to her roles as the owner of Graceland and the lone trustee of her mother’s estate.

Priscilla serves as a special adviser to the trust, and will receive a monthly payment for her role.


Do Riley & Priscilla Get Along Now?

Additionally, Riley oversees the sub-trusts established for her 14-year-old half sisters, Harper and Finley Lockwood. She reunited with Harper, Finley, and Priscilla after the twins graduated from middle school in June.

Priscilla shared a post including a photo of herself with all three of her granddaughters. She captioned it, “Happy Graduation girls! You’re now in high school!!!”


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It relieved fans to see this photo, as it seemed to squash rumors that Riley and Priscilla don’t get along. Then, for the first time, Riley opened up about where their relationship stands now during an interview with Vanity Fair.

Riley Keough Dismisses Rumors Of Feud With Grandmother Priscilla Priscilla, Says Things Have “Never Not Been Happy”

“When my mom passed, there was a lot of chaos in every aspect of our lives,” Riley said. “Everything felt like the carpet had been ripped out and the floor had melted from under us. Everyone was in a bit of a panic to understand how we move forward, and it just took a minute to understand the details of the situation, because it’s complicated. We are a family, but there’s also a huge business side of our family. So I think that there was clarity that needed to be had.”

Riley Keough with her grandmother Priscilla Presley, mother Lisa Marie Presley, and sisters Harper and Finley Lockwood
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Riley said she’s since found that “clarity” with her grandma. “Things with Grandma will be happy,” she said. “They’ve never not been happy.”

The Daisy Jones & The Six star continued to say:

There was a bit of upheaval, but now everything’s going to be how it was. She’s a beautiful woman, and she was a huge part of creating my grandfather’s legacy and Graceland. It’s very important to her. He was the love of her life. Anything that would suggest otherwise in the press makes me sad because, at the end of the day, all she wants is to love and protect Graceland and the Presley family and the legacy. That’s her whole life. So it’s a big responsibility she has tried to take on. None of that stuff has really ever been a part of our relationship prior. She’s just been my grandma.”

Learn more about Riley, Priscilla, and the battle over Lisa Marie’s estate in the video below.

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