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Priscilla Presley says she wants to 'protect' her grandchildren after contesting the validity of Lisa Marie Presley's will

Eve Crosbie   

Priscilla Presley says she wants to 'protect' her grandchildren after contesting the validity of Lisa Marie Presley's will
  • Priscilla Presley has paid tribute to Lisa Marie Presley on what would have been her 55th birthday.
  • "My wish is to protect my three grandchildren and keep our family together," she wrote on Instagram.

On what would have been Lisa Marie Presley's 55th birthday Wednesday, the late entertainer's mother, Priscilla Presley, expressed her desire to "keep our family together."

Lisa Marie, the only child of Elvis Presley, died on January 12 after reportedly experiencing cardiac arrest at her home in Calabasas, California.

She was laid to rest at the Presley family's estate in Memphis, Tennessee, 10 days later, and is survived by her three daughters, Riley Keough, 33, and 14-year-old twins Finley and Harper Lockwood.

Former "Dallas" star Priscilla took to Instagram on Wednesday to share a series of photos of her and her daughter throughout the years, from her very early years while Elvis was still alive to recent joint appearances on the red carpet.

"Today would have been Lisa's 55th birthday," she wrote in the caption. "My wish is to protect my three grandchildren and keep our family together."

Priscilla — who became a mom for a second time in 1987 when she gave birth to Navarone Garibaldi, son of producer Marco Garibaldi — continued: "From the first moment I held Lisa in my arms, I've protected, loved and guided her, as I have my son."

"Our hearts are broken, and I am having to learn to live without my only daughter," she said, before thanking fans for the support they have shown since Lisa Marie's unexpected death.

"We truly love all of you, and we feel your prayers. Thank you so much for caring so deeply for our family."

Priscilla's post comes less than a week after she filed a legal challenge over the "authenticity and validity" of an amendment made to her daughter's will in 2016.

According to a filing to the Los Angeles Superior Court, seen by the BBC and the Los Angeles Times, Lisa Marie removed both her mother and her former business manager, Barry Siegel, as co-trustees of her estate seven years ago.

In their place, Lisa Marie elected her oldest children Riley and brother Benjamin Keough as co-trustees. Benjamin died by suicide in 2020 at the age of 27.

According to the LA Times, lawyers for Priscilla said there were questions surrounding "the authenticity and validity" of the amendment, which was dated March 11, 2016.

The petition claims that it not only "misspells her mother's name," an error that has led them to question its legitimacy, but has a signature alleged to be Lisa Marie's that was "inconsistent with her usual and customary signature."

The amendment was also neither witnessed, notarized nor delivered to Priscilla and Siegel during Lisa Marie's lifetime "as required by the express terms of the trust." As a result, the 77-year-old only became aware of the "purported" changes after her daughter's passing.

Priscilla's lawyers have maintained that a 2010 will is still "the controlling and authoritative document," and have requested the court deem the 2016 amendment invalid, per both the BBC and LA Times.


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