Priscilla Presley was married to The King for six years and has previously admitted she doesn’t share everything from her private life with Elvis. Nevertheless, at Elvis Presley’s 85th birthday celebrations in January the then 74-year-old told a story she hadn’t made public before. Speaking at a Q&A, Priscilla said how Elvis gave her an ultimatum telegram that Colonel Tom Parker had sent the singer.
The incident took place at the end of Elvis’ military service in Germany around 1960, when The King was dating Priscilla before they married seven years later.
Priscilla, who was just 14-years-old when she met Elvis, recounted: “I have a telegram that he gave me, I’ve never shared this before really.
“A telegram, when he left [Germany], [detailed] what he was up against with Colonel Parker if he was dating anyone.
“[It] warned Elvis that if he has a girlfriend that fans will not be there for him, basically – I’m paraphrasing this.”
Meanwhile, in an unearthed interview from the 40th anniversary of Elvis’ death in 1977, Priscilla recounted receiving the tragic news of his passing.
Speaking with The Today Show, the now 75-year-old said: “It was shocking, it was like everyone else not believing it.
“The phone call I got from Joe Esposito [Elvis’ manager], it was like ‘Are you kidding me?’ Because we would kid around all the time y’know.
“And [Elvis] was in the hospital lots of times and he always made it through.”