The unlikely friendship of Lisa Marie Presley and Sarah Ferguson


The well-known faces current for the funeral of Lisa Marie Presley had been simply defined — actor Austin Butler, Weapons N‘ Roses vocalist Axl Rose and Alanis Morisette all had apparent connections with the late daughter of Elvis. However one title took many abruptly: Sarah, the Duchess of York. There was but extra raised eyebrows when Sarah ‘Fergie’ Ferguson strolled as much as the rostrum and gave an emotional speech.

Ferguson, 63, revealed she’d had a detailed friendship akin to the kind of bond siblings share — and that the pair referred to as one another “sissie”.

“We have to stoke our flames inside to have a good time extraordinary Lisa Marie. I stand right here with nice honour as a result of we referred to as one another Sissie. I’ve been right here with you all for all of your lives and I stand right here with nice honour. So, Sissie, that is for you with affection,” stated the duchess.

Lastly, she ended on a quote from Queen Elizabeth: “My late mother-in-law used to say that nothing may be stated can start to remove the anguish and the ache of those moments as a result of grief is the value we pay for love — and the way proper she was.” The quote was first uttered by the late Queen within the wake of the September 11 terror assaults in 2001, as she expressed help for the individuals of America.

Sarah Ferguson quoted her late mother-in-law at Lisa Marie’s funeral

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So how did this unlikely friendship between Sarah Ferguson and Lisa Marie Presley kind?

Rock ‘n’ roll royalty met actual royalty within the yr 2009, throughout a visit Ferguson had taken to the US. The duchess was making an effort to interrupt into film producing and was selling her new movie The Younger Victoria, starring Emily Blunt and Rupert Buddy, which can clarify her presence within the US. The 2 grew to become quick buddies and remained so all through a tumultuous 2009. Presley was rocked by private tragedy following the dying of her ex-husband, Michael Jackson, and leant on Ferguson for help. Fergie supplied up her Marbella mansion for Presley to privately grieve.

Presley and Jackson had been married from 1994-1996

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Issues took a peculiar flip when Presley moved to England in 2010 to dwell along with her new husband guitarist Michael Lockwood (the pair married in 2006 and remained married till 2021 — they share twins). Presley and Lockwood arrange residence in a £9million home in Rotherfield in East Sussex the place Presley obtained a job in an area fish and chip van within the village referred to as Mr Chippy.

Based on experiences on the time, the proprietor of Mr Chippy, Kim Scales, stated: “It was when she first moved to the village about two years in the past. She is actually serious about who persons are and needed to know all about our lives and the way we dwell.

“We personal the pub and a cellular fish and chip van, however she stated she’d by no means heard of something prefer it, and stated she needed to work on it. She obtained on there along with her son, however we had been all laughing as a result of not one of many locals realised who it was.”

Michael Lockwood and Lisa Marie Presley moved to Sussex in 2010

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Presley finally moved again to the US in 2016, but this didn’t break Presley’s bond with Fergie. Yesterday, a pal of the duchess informed Leisure Tonight: “The 2 hit it off from the start. They grew shut and stored in contact even when Lisa Marie moved again to the US.”

The pal additionally shared that Presley was “one of many few individuals who reached out to [Ferguson] throughout a few of her troublesome instances,” and that Fergie, in flip, considered the late singer as “household.”

Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York, talking on the public memorial for Lisa Marie Presley on Sunday

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Now Ferguson’s presence on the funeral is smart. She responded to Presley’s dying earlier than the funeral, telling Web page Six: “I feel she’s with [her late son] Ben now,” noting that she believes Presley died of a damaged coronary heart following Ben’s dying in 2020.

She added: “I feel we want to ensure Finley, Riley and Harper are totally supported going ahead. She was so pleased with them, so proud. She used to jot down to me saying, ‘Yeah, I’m actually gushing at how fantastic my kids are proper now.’”

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