At the star-studded Graceland memorial service for her close friend, Lisa Marie Presley, Sarah Ferguson was on hand to offer a few royal words. The duchess and ex-wife of Prince Andrew spoke at the ceremony Sunday, where she shared a few words from her late mother-in-law, Queen Elizabeth II. “My late mother-in-law used to say that nothing can be said, can begin to take away the anguish and the pain of these moments, because grief is the price we pay for love,” she said. “And how right she was.”
Ferguson was quoting a statement that the queen released in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks, which was also repeated by Prince William when she died in September 2022. In Ferguson’s remarks, she mentioned that she and Presley called each other “sissy,” adding she spent time with Finley and Harper, Presley’s two younger daughters with her ex-husband Michael Lockwood. “I stand here with great honor because we called each other ‘sissy,’” Ferguson said. “I’ve been with [Finley and Harper] for all your lives really and I stand here with great honor.”
Her remarks also honored the other members of Presley’s family, including her mother, Priscilla Presley, and her daughter, Riley Keough, who announced for the first time that she recently welcomed a daughter. “We look at Priscilla as a mother to Lisa Marie. We look to Lisa Marie, and say, you lost a son,” Ferguson said. “Mothers losing children—there are no words for it. Today we talk about action, and action is the way we can go forward. For Riley, for Harper and Finley, and for the entire family, we march forward in support of you—all of us are with you and we will help you as best we can. If you put out your hand we will be there.”
Presley and Ferguson reportedly became friends when Presley moved to England with Lockwood, after buying an East Sussex estate in 2010. “The two hit it off from the beginning. They grew close and kept in touch even when Lisa Marie moved back to the United States,” a friend Ferguson told Entertainment Tonight, adding that Lisa Marie was “one of the few people who reached out to her during some of her difficult times.”
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