Elvis Presley's cousin DONNA has blamed the late singer's ex-wife PRISCILLA for giving her daughter Lisa Marie a difficult childhood.

DONNA PRESLEY EARLY feels Lisa Marie's drink and drug problems were caused by Priscilla's decision to move away from the Presley family's native Memphis after the rock'n'roll legend's death in 1977.

She says, "I don't really keep in touch with Lisa Marie. It's a shame but, when Elvis died, Priscilla moved to California with her and so the rest of the family didn't have as much contact as we'd have liked.

"I do think if Lisa Marie had more family around her when she was growing up, she wouldn't have had so many problems."

21/04/2004 13:22