Marie Louise McConville: Money does not make my world go around – thank goodness

Priscilla Presley is said to be contesting an amendment to her late daughter Lisa Marie's will, which left the 54-year-old's two children as the sole heirs. Picture by Graceland Archives/Official Charts Company/PA Wire
Priscilla Presley is said to be contesting an amendment to her late daughter Lisa Marie's will, which left the 54-year-old's two children as the sole heirs. Picture by Graceland Archives/Official Charts Company/PA Wire

IT has always amazed me, the impact money can have on people.

Of course, it's nice to have a few quid but personally, it's never been something that's motivated me much.

As long as I can pay my bills and look after the kids, I'm happy – and if I win the Euromillions at some point, it's a bonus.

That said, I do know some people whose lives revolve around money: how much they make, how much they have and how they can make more.

Money motivates every part of their lives. They love showing off, are jealous if others have more, and I've seen them lose friends and cut others out of their lives because of money.

I just don't understand how money can have such a negative impact.

Earlier this year, Elvis Presley fans around the world were plunged into mourning following the sudden death of his only daughter, Lisa Marie.

Aged just 54, the mother-of-four suffered a cardiac arrest and died in California on January 12.

The great and the good of the showbiz world later gathered for her funeral and she was laid to rest in Graceland's Meditation Garden near her dad.

Since then, you would imagine the family have been comforting and supporting each other through the loss. However, the grapevine says otherwise.

If media reports are to be believed, Priscilla Presley, Lisa Marie's mother, is reportedly not speaking to her grand-daughter Riley Keough (33), Lisa Marie's daughter, over the late singer's will.

We're told that Lisa Marie made an amendment to her will in 2016 which removed her mother as her executor and named her two adult children Riley and Benjamin Keough as her only heirs.

As Benjamin died by suicide in 2020, Riley has been left as the sole heir. However, it's been reported that Priscilla is contesting the amendment, claiming in court documents that it was installed with the use of an 'invalid signature.'

And now, it is rumoured that Priscilla and Riley are not speaking.

Reports claim there is a lot of anger and heartbreak. It is just such a sad situation.

I'm sure Lisa Marie never thought she would pass before her mother and therefore didn't think there would ever have been an issue.

I just don't believe in fighting over money. I'd rather live in peace with my happy memories.

Personally, I live by a budget and if I don't have the money for something it's simple, I don't get it.

It's such a pity that the relationship between Priscilla and her grand-daughter has been affected this way and all because of money.

At the end of the day, Lisa Marie wanted her children to be her heirs – so why not let her rest in peace by respecting her final wishes?

I don't think anyone has the right to challenge that.

You know what they say: money can't buy happiness. So why ruin special relationships to get it?


New show Beyond Paradise has finally arrived on BBC One and it was well worth the wait.

A spin-off of the popular Death in Paradise, the lovable Humphrey Goodman, played by the brilliant Kris Marshall, had me hooked from the beginning.

After leaving tropical paradise Saint Marie in search of a quieter life, Humphrey has become DI in the sleepy Devon town of Shipton Abbott, the home of his fiancée Martha.

However, their dream of living happily ever after together is quickly shattered when a crime wave unexpectedly hits the town.

I loved it.


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