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Following the death of her mother Lisa Marie Presley in January, Riley Keough became the eldest living direct descendant of her grandfather Elvis Presley and the sole owner of his estate.
She also oversees the sub-trusts for her half-sisters Harper and Finley Lockwood, who are 14.
The 34-year-old actress grew up visiting Elvis’ home of Graceland, which became a museum in 1982 and features the Meditation Garden where her mother, brother, grandfather and other family members are buried.
Now in a new interview, The King’s eldest granddaughter has opened up on what she, Lisa Marie and other family members got up to on family visits to the mansion.
And it turns out they would sometimes sleep upstairs at Graceland, The King’s private space where he died in 1977.
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Speaking with Vanity Fair, Riley spoke of visiting Graceland for Thanksgiving with Lisa Marie, her sisters and her late brother Benjamin, who died in 2020 aged 27. Usually, the Presleys would stay at the official hotel next door to the Graceland mansion until tourists left the house for the day.
After that, Elvis’ family would head over to the house to drive golf carts and have Thanksgiving dinner in the dining room with Lisa Marie’s own china, which is kept in the drawers of Aunt Delta’s bedroom off the kitchen.
Riley shared: “When Elvis’s chefs were alive, they used to still cook dinner for us, which was really special. It was very Southern: greens and fried catfish and fried chicken and hush puppies. Cornbread and beans. Banana pudding.”
She then spoke of the times they would sneak into Graceland’s mysterious upstairs, which remains off-limits to the public to this day.
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Riley confessed: “There were a few times that we slept there, but I don’t know if I should say that…
“The tours would start in the morning, and we would hide upstairs until they were over.
“The security would bring us breakfast. It’s actually such a great memory. We would order sausage and biscuits, and hide until the tourists finished.”
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