Rebekah Vardy latest: Coleen Rooney to take witness stand in libel trial

Related: Rebekah Vardy moved to tears in witness box during second day of evidence

Coleen Rooney is expected to take the witness stand for the first time in the high-profile libel trial against fellow footballer’s wife Rebecca Vardy.

The 36-year-old has so far been watching on with her husband, former England captail Wayne Rooney, as Ms Vardy has been quizzed about messages discussing leaking information to the press and her relationship with the media.

Ms Rooney is being sued by the wife of Premier League player Jamie Vardy for blaming her for passing information to the The Sun – which Ms Vardy denies.

She earned the nickname “Wagatha Christie” after detailing an elaborate scheme to work out where the leaks from Instagram were coming from.

Ms Vardy, who has given evidence at the High Court for three days in a row, has denied to the High Court leaking information to the The Sun was “standard practice”.

She also told the court on Thursday how she reacted when she first saw the “Wagatha Christie” post, texting her agent: “Wow that’s war.”

Ms Vardy is expected to have a short cross-examination by her own lawyer on Friday morning before Ms Rooney gives evidence.

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Court breaks as Rebekah Vardy starts to cry in the witness stand

The court is taking a midmorning break. Justice Steyn suggested the break after Rebekah Vardy started to cry in the witness stand.

Ms Vardy was recalling online abuse she had received.

Holly Bancroft13 May 2022 11:33

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Rebecca Vardy had a video call with Wayne Rooney about reports she needed to keep a lower profile at the Euros

Rebekah Vardy told the court that she had a video call with Wayne Rooney about reports in the media that she needed to keep a lower profile at the Euros in 2016.

The press had reported that Mr Rooney had told Mr Vardy that Rebekah should keep her head down during the tournament.

Vardy’s lawyer Mr Hugh Tomlinson QC asked her: “It was suggested that your husband was told by Mr Rooney that you should be keeping a lower profile during that tournament. Do you remember? ”

Vardy replied, “Yes I remember.”

Mr Tomlinson said: “You said it wasn’t the case.” To which Ms Vardy agreed.

She told the court: “I had conversations with Mr Rooney on Facetime about it. He said it was a load of bollocks.”

She added: “I thought the media were trying to cause problems, stir up trouble, create unnecessary drama.”

Holly Bancroft13 May 2022 11:29

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Recap: Vardy says Peter Andre comments are ‘one of my biggest regrets’

Rebekah Vardy said she did not say many things presented in an article published in the News Of The World about a sexual encounter she had with Peter Andre, the High Court heard.

Ms Vardy said: “There’s a lot of things in there that didn’t come out of my mouth that were misrepresented in the circumstances around that article I’m deeply sorry for.”

She also said she was “very young” at the time, had apologized for the article, and that it was “shameful”, adding that she had sent “personal messages” to Mr Andre and his partner since it was published.

“It’s one of my biggest regrets,” she said.

Holly Bancroft13 May 2022 11:22

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‘What have you done?’: Vardy messages to footballer Danny Drinkwater

Rebekah Vardy messaged footballer Danny Drinkwater after he crashed his car in a drink-driving incident, saying: “What have you done (shocked face emoji) Danny for f **** sake (crying face emoji)”.

Ms Vardy had previously admitted to the court that she considered leaking the story about his car crash to the media.

She messaged her agent at the time saying the footballer had “crashed his car drink with 2 girls in it” and had been arrested.

After telling Ms Watt this information, Ms Vardy added: “I want paying for this x”.

When she found out that the Sun already knew about the crash, Ms Vardy messaged Ms Watt saying: “Holy f **. * … I’m fuming I didn’t give it to you earlier x”.

There was later a discussion between Ms Vardy and Ms Watt about whether they could get Mr Drinkwater’s address so paparazzi to photograph him.

Ms Vardy told the court that she never asked Mr Drinkwater for his address for this purpose. “No I didn’t,” she said.

Holly Bancroft13 May 2022 11:03

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Rebecca Vardy denies that her agent was ‘monitoring’ Rooney’s social media

Rebekah Vardy told the High Court she discussed Coleen Rooney’s private Instagram account with her agent Caroline Watt “a handful of times”.

Entering the witness box for a fourth day, Ms Vardy explained that Ms Watt had access to her own Instagram account password from 2017 when the TV personality appeared on I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here!

Under questioning from her barrister Hugh Tomlinson QC, Ms Vardy said she “didn’t give it a second thought” that Ms Watt was able to see Ms Rooney’s private Instagram account.

Asked if she was told by Ms Watt that she was looking at Ms Rooney’s account, Ms Vardy said: “No she didn’t”, adding that it “was not even on my radar” when asked if she knew Ms Watt was “monitoring” Ms Rooney’s account.

Holly Bancroft13 May 2022 11:00

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Rebekah Vardy told the court she sent personal messages to Peter Andre and his wife after News of the World article

Rebekah Vardy has told the High Court that she sent Peter Andre and his wife “personal messages a couple of years ago” to address the comments she made in an explosive News of the World article in 2004.

In the article, Ms Vardy described Mr Andre’s manhood as “like a small chipolata”.

She told the High Court that she regrets the interview and making those comments.

She also alleged that the article included “a lot of things in there that didn’t come out of my mouth, that were misrepresented.”

She added: “There were circumstances around that article that I regret.”

“It’s one of my biggest regrets,” she said, adding that she was “very young” at the time.

Holly Bancroft13 May 2022 10:44

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Breakdown of courthouse style

With proceedings expected to kick off shortly at 10.30am, let’s take a quick glance at both women’s courthouse style.

Natascha Radclyffe-Thomas from the British School of Fashion, said they are likely using their clothing to communicate the seriousness and importance of the trial.

Saman Javed has taken a closer look at their looks:

Zoe Tidman13 May 2022 10:22

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Rebecca Vardy, Coleen Rooney and Wayne Rooney arrive at court

Rebecca Vardy, Coleen Rooney and Wayne Rooney have arrived at the High Court.

Coleen Rooney is expected to take to witness stand later today and she opted for an all-white ensemble for day four of the trial.

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Holly Bancroft13 May 2022 10:14

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What are we expecting today?

Coleen Rooney is expected to start her record in the high-profile libel trial at the High Court.

But first, Ms Vardy is due to finish her evidence – which has lasted for around 10 hours so far and seen her become emotional at times.

Zoe Tidman13 May 2022 09:46

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What is the Vardy v Rooney row about?

While waiting for Rebekah Vardy to briefly take the stand again this morning, here is a quick look at the row with Coleen Rooney:

Zoe Tidman13 May 2022 09:10

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