Forever sisters. Sarah Ferguson paid tribute to longtime friend Lisa Marie Presley at her funeral on Sunday, Jan. 22.
“I stand here with great honor because we called each other ‘sissy’ and I’ve actually been with you all your life,” said the Duchess of York, 63, at the service, which was held at Graceland, the Memphis estate, Tennessee, which was once owned by the late singer’s father, Elvis Presley.
Ferguson continued: “Sissy, this is for you with affection. My late mother-in-law [Queen Elizabeth II, who died in September 2022] used to say that ‘Nothing [that] can be said can begin to take away the fear and the pain of these moments, because sadness is the price we pay for love.’ And how right she was.”
Ferguson – who first met the Tennessee native when she and ex-husband Michael Lockwood lived in England – then paid her respects to Lisa Marie’s loved ones in her eulogy.
“We’re looking at Priscilla [Presley] as the mother of Lisa Marie, we look at Lisa Marie and say, ‘You lost a son,'” she said on Sunday, referring to Benjamin Keough, who committed suicide in 2020. “Mothers losing children — there are no words for it. So today we’re talking about action. Action is the way we can move forward, we can light the flame. So for Riley, for Harper and Finley and all the family, we march forward to support you. We are all with you. If you just hold out your hand, we’ll be there. I’ll be there.”
The singer of ‘Storm & Grace’ passed away on January 12 at the age of 54 after a cardiac arrest. Lisa Marie is survived by mother Priscilla, 77, and her three daughters: Riley Keoughwho she shared with ex Danny Keoughand twins Harper and Finley, whom she co-parented with Lockwood.
The Duchess, who came from London for Sunday service, has since been outspoken about what she believes is Lisa Marie’s cause of death. (An official cause of death for Lisa Marie has not been confirmed.)
“I think she’s with Ben now,” Ferguson said Page six on Saturday, January 21, noting that she believes her friend died of a broken heart.
Shortly after the news of Lisa Marie’s death broke, the Her heart for a compass author penned a heartbreaking tribute via Instagram.
“I say hello to you every day and I love you my sissy and I will continue to say hello to you every day,” Ferguson wrote at the time, sharing a throwback photo of the two friends. “You were my sissy, a wonderful mother to Ben, Riley, Harper, and Finley, and an exceedingly loving daughter to Priscilla. You have been my devoted friend for many years and I am here for your family to support and love them. I am deeply saddened my sissy, you are in my heart.