You might not think it at first glance, but Lisa Marie Presley and Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York actually had a lot in common. Both women were part of royalty: Sarah literally as the ex-wife of Prince Andrew, King Charles III’s younger brother, and Lisa Marie figuratively, as the King of rock n’ roll, Elvis Presley’s daughter.
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They were also subjected to endless tabloid headlines. Mirror reports Sarah was mercilessly ridiculed by the British press. “Fergie” was slammed for her dress sense, outrageous antics, and multiple royal faux-pas. Her struggle with binge-eating disorder and resulting weight issues led to her being dubbed “The Princess of Pork.” The Daily Mail even attacked Sarah’s daughter, Princess Beatrice, branding her the “pampered Princess Piggy” (via The Guardian). Meanwhile, Lisa Marie became a tabloid staple, as she was scrutinized over her “turbulent four marriages,” substance abuse, and battle with addiction (via The U.S. Sun).
The two women were also held to others’ standards and often fell short. It was inevitable that Lisa Marie’s musical talents would be compared to Elvis’. “It’s a blessing and a curse,” she told The San Diego Union-Tribune about being his daughter. Meanwhile, Sarah admitted it was “tough” being compared to the rail-thin “English rose” Princess Diana. “I never stood a chance,” she claimed in the documentary “Fergie and Meghan: Inconvenient Royals” (via Express). However, Sarah and Lisa Marie really bonded over their ex-husbands’ infamous sex-scandals.