Priscilla Presley and Riley Keogh Reunite after Legal Battle

By: Sam Watanuki | Published: Jan 29, 2024

At the 2023 Emmy Awards, Riley Keough, star of Daisy Jones & The Six, and her grandmother Priscilla Presley, stood out not just for their acting and musical legacy but also for sharing the red carpet with one another.

While Keough, a Chanel ambassador, wore a sheer dress from the brand’s Haute Couture Spring-Summer 2023 collection, Priscilla stunned in a shimmering silk blouse and a floor-length skirt. Their appearance was a beautiful blend of modern style and timeless elegance, reflecting the enduring charm of the Presley family.

Riley Keough's Homage to Daisy Jones

Keough’s outfit at the Emmys was a tribute to her character in Daisy Jones & The Six, with Keough nominated for outstanding actress in a limited series or a movie (which ultimately went to Ali Wong for her performance in Beef). The sheer, plunging dress layered over high-waisted shorts perfectly captured Daisy Jones’ bold and stylish persona.

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This choice of attire not only highlighted Keough’s fashion sense but also her ability to channel her on-screen character’s spirit in real life, bridging the gap between fiction and reality.

Priscilla Presley's Ageless Style

Priscilla Presley, alongside her granddaughter, shined in her all-black Chanel ensemble. Her choice of a silk blouse tucked into a Jacquard skirt was a testament to her ageless style.

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Priscilla’s outfit choice for the event was a nod to her own legacy, one intertwined with music, fashion, and a life in the public eye. Her presence at the Emmys, alongside Keough, symbolized the passing down of elegance and strength through generations.

The Legal Battle Behind the Glamour

It wasn’t just about the fashion and glamor, though. The Emmy Awards night was a brief respite from the legal battle that unfolded following Lisa Marie Presley’s passing. The dispute over her trust brought family matters to the forefront, highlighting the complexities that often accompany celebrity estates.

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This legal challenge was not just a fight over assets but also a test of family bonds and the ability to navigate the public scrutiny that comes with such disputes.

Settling the Estate: A Family Affair

At the heart of the legal dispute was the future of Lisa Marie Presley’s estate. The disagreement stemmed from a 2016 amendment to her trust.

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The resolution of this dispute, which named Keough as the sole trustee, was a crucial moment for the Presley family. It underlined the importance of legacy, and the role of family in preserving it.

Riley Keough's New Responsibility

Being named the sole trustee of her mother’s estate marked a significant transition for Keough, with the additional responsibility of the sub-trusts for her younger twin sisters.

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This new role entrusted her with not just the responsibility of managing her mother’s assets but also with continuing the Presley legacy. Keough stepping into this role reflects her dedication to her family’s heritage and her readiness to honor her mother’s memory in her capacity.


Priscilla and Keough: Unshaken Bonds

Despite the challenges posed by the legal battle, Priscilla Presley made it clear that her relationship with Keough remained strong, citing media publicity as the main culprit for reporting any ill will.

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This unshaken bond between grandmother and granddaughter amidst public scrutiny highlights their resilience. Their ability to maintain a close relationship, even when faced with legal complexities, speaks volumes about their mutual respect and understanding.


A Public Ordeal for a Private Family

The legal battle over Lisa Marie’s trust brought the Presley family’s private matters into the limelight. Often misconstrued as a family feud, this legal affair was more about clarifying the nuances of estate management under public scrutiny.

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It underscored the difficulties faced by celebrity families when private affairs become public—something that is all the more rampant in today’s age of social media.


A Settlement that Speaks Volumes

The settlement of the trust dispute, which included a $1 million payment to Priscilla, was a significant milestone for the Presleys.

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This resolution was less about the monetary aspects and more about respecting Lisa Marie’s wishes and maintaining family harmony. The agreement marked a step towards healing and moving forward as a united family.


Looking Ahead: The Presley Family's Future

With the legal hurdles behind them, the Presley family is now looking towards the future. Their focus has shifted to preserving Lisa Marie’s legacy and continuing to honor Elvis’s memory.

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“Things with Grandma will be happy,” Keough said in an interview. “They’ve never not been happy. 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.”


Riley Keough: Upholding a Legacy

As the new trustee of her mother’s estate, Keough embraces a significant role. She now bears the responsibility of managing her mother’s and grandfather’s legacies.

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Stepping into this role with her family’s support, Keough is poised to honor their memories while carving her path in the Presley narrative with her own daughters.


The Enduring Strength of the Presley Women

From Priscilla’s timeless elegance to Keough’s resilience, the Presley women have consistently showcased strength and grace.

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Their journey, marked by moments of glamour and legal complexities, continues to write new chapters in the Presley story—one that will undoubtedly endure for generations to come.