Wagatha Christie live: Rebekah Vardy and Coleen Rooney arrive as trial enters fourth day

Coleen and Wayne Rooney arrive at the Royal Courts Of Justice.Credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Good morning. Rebekah Vardy is returning to the witness box for the fourth day of the much-anticipated “Wagatha Christie” libel trial, after spending the entirety of yesterday being grilled by Coleen Rooney’s barrister.

Mrs Vardy is due to finish giving her evidence today, with Mrs Rooney then taking her place in the witness box in Court 13 of the Royal Courts of Justice.

Mrs Vardy has been giving evidence for around 10 hours, at times becoming emotional on Wednesday and Thursday.

The case comes after a viral social media post in October 2019, where Mrs Rooney, 36, said she had carried out a "sting operation" and accused Mrs Vardy, 40, of leaking "false stories" about her private life to the press.

Mrs Vardy, who is married to Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy, denies leaking stories to the media and is suing her fellow footballer's wife for libel, while Mrs Rooney is defending the claim on the basis her post was "substantially true".

The court previously heard that both women have spent "hundreds of thousands of pounds" on the case so far, with the total costs of the case expected to be at least £2 million.

The fake stories Mrs Rooney planted on her Instagram during the sting operation featured her travelling to Mexico for a "gender selection" procedure, her planning to return to TV, and the basement flooding at her home.

In the post on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook, she wrote: "I have saved and screenshotted all the original stories which clearly show just one person has viewed them.

"It's .......... Rebekah Vardy's account."

According to a draft timetable provided by Coleen Rooney's lawyers, Rebekah Vardy is due to finish giving her evidence today.

Mrs Rooney is then expected to give evidence all day on Friday and finish on Monday morning.

Mrs Rooney's witnesses - Joe McLoughlin, Paul Stretford, Ian Monk, Rachel Monk and Mark Whittle - are then due to give evidence on Monday afternoon.

On Tuesday, Wayne Rooney is due to give evidence, followed by Claire Rooney, Harpreet Robinson and Penny Adaarewa.

Lawyers for both women are then expected to give their closing arguments on Wednesday.

The trial continues.

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Coleen and Wayne Rooney arrive at court

Coleen and Wayne Rooney walked through a crowd of photographers as they entered the Royal Courts of Justice for the fourth day of the Wagatha Christie libel trial.

Mrs Rooney, who wore an all-white outfit, arrived in a silver Mercedes van with her husband, who donned a blue suit for the proceedings.

The couple did not respond to calls from the press as they passed through the main entrance of the court building.

Coleen Rooney arrives at the Royal Courts Of Justice, London, for the high-profile libel battle between Rebekah Vardy and Coleen Rooney.Credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire
Derby County manager Wayne Rooney and his wife Coleen Rooney arrive at the Royal Courts of Justice.Credit: REUTERS/John Sibley

What happened yesterday

On a bruising day of evidence in the High Court yesterday, Mrs Vardy twice broke down and proceedings had to be paused while she composed herself. Mrs Rooney and her husband, Wayne, looked on as Mrs Vardy wept.

David Sherborne, for Mrs Rooney, challenged Mrs Vardy over alleged “missing messages”, the so-called “false” stories “planted” by his client, and other aspects of Mrs Vardy's witness statement.

See yesterday’s live blog for the key moments from day three of the trial.