Last expected result in the “Wagatha Christie” case

Coleen Rooney and Rebekah Vardy need to know the outcome of the final stage of their High Court libel battle.

In an October 2019 Twitter post, Ms Rooney, 35, accused Ms Vardy, 39, of leaking stories about her private life after a months-long “sting operation”.

Former England star Wayne Rooney’s wife, nicknamed ‘Wagatha Christie’, has claimed Ms Vardy shared fake stories she posted on her personal Instagram account with The Sun newspaper.

Ms Vardy, who is married to Leicester City striker Jamie, denies the charges and is suing Ms Rooney for defamation.

Rebekah Vardy denies the charges and is suing Ms Rooney for defamation (Joe Giddens/PA)

Lawyers for Ms Rooney have previously claimed that Ms Vardy leaked information to The Sun either directly or through her agent Caroline Watt ‘acting on her instructions or with her conscious approval’.

Ms Rooney is suing Ms Watt for misuse of private information and at a hearing on Tuesday and Wednesday asked that she be added to the defamation claim.

Her lawyer David Sherborne told the court that if Ms Vardy wins her case on the grounds that she was not the person who leaked the information, then Ms Rooney will be left without ‘justification’ unless she is able to press charges against Mrs Watt. within the same case.

Lawyers for Ms Vardy opposed the request to add the claim against Ms Watt to the defamation case.

“If the defendant had genuinely wished to bring an action for abuse of private information against Ms Watt in order to enforce her rights, this action could have been brought 15 months ago,” said Hugh Tomlinson QC, for Ms Vardy, in written arguments.

At the in-person hearing at the Royal Courts of Justice, lawyers for the two women also requested disclosure of additional information.

Madam Justice Steyn is expected to deliver her judgment on the claims on Monday afternoon.

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