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Elvis refused to have sex with wife for seven years despite her begging

Elvis Presley refused to have sex with his wife Priscilla who said that on their wedding day she was a virgin despite telling him "please don't make me beg".

Presley married his long-time girlfriend on May 1, 1967, at the Aladdin Hotel in Las Vegas.

The wedding, arranged by The King's manager Colonel Tom Parker, was followed by a press conference and a $10,000 (£8,000) breakfast reception, attended by friends, family and business associates from Elvis' film and record companies MGM, RCA and the William Morris Agency.

The newly married couple boarded a private jet and had a honeymoon in Palm Springs, California, until May 4 – and reportedly finally had sex for the first time.

The couple had been together for around seven years since Priscilla was just 14.

She had been sharing his bed but there have been claims Elvis never wanted to marry her.

According to the biography Down at the End of Lonely Street: The Life and Death of Elvis Presley by Peter Harry Brown and Pat H Broeske, Alberta Holman, a housekeeper who had been with the Presley family for many years, said she found him crying about the upcoming wedding.

She asked why he didn't just cancel it and he apparently replied: "I don't have a choice."

Other claims suggested Priscilla had pressured Elvis into marriage.

There were also rumours that Priscilla's father, angry after Elvis lived so many years with his daughter without making it official, threatened to prosecute the star for taking a minor across state lines.

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Priscilla was also desperate to take their relationship further, later saying: "Elvis would take me into his bedroom and then we would kiss long, deep, passionate kisses and his caresses would leave me weak with desire."

In an interview with Barbara Walters, Priscilla said the star would never take it any further, saying: "Somewhere in his past, he said he wanted a virgin."

In private, Elvis was notorious for numerous affairs throughout his career, especially with his film co-stars.

He was dating actress Anita Wood when he met Priscilla and had a major entanglement with Viva Las Vegas' Ann Margret.

Susan Finstad wrote in an 1997 biography, Child Bride: The Untold Story of Priscilla Beaulieu Presley: "In her book and in other public forums, Priscilla, perpetuating the myth, would say that her first night of marriage in the upstairs master bedroom of the Palm Springs house was the moment when she lost her virginity – conveniently overlooking her previous sexual relationships with … Tommy Stewart, Peter von Wechmar, Jamie Lindberg, and possibly Ron Tapp."

Immediately after the marriage, Priscilla found out that she was pregnant. Surprisingly, it was not what she wanted at the time.

Apparently, Priscilla had asked if she could take birth control pills, but Elvis said they were not perfected.

The pregnancy, however, was the beginning of the end, before they parted ways in February 1972.

Priscilla told Barbara Walters: "Elvis had a hard time dealing with me being a mother and the little girl that I was to him. I didn’t know it then, but that’s what I realised in later years – that he was a father to me."

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