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Rebekah Vardy started crying in the witness stand during questioning about whether she leaked a story about a flood in Coleen Rooney’s house to The Sun.

The 40-year-old continues to be cross-examined at the High Court as part of her libel trial against fellow footballer’s wife Ms Rooney.

Ms Vardy broke down in tears after facing questioning from Ms Rooney’s lawyer, David Sherborne, over the story, which appeared in The Sun in October 2019.

In response, Ms Vardy told the court: “There was a lot of abuse at the time” and started to cry.

Justice Steyn suggested that the court take a five minute break.

Ms Vardy then put her head down and covered her head with her hands. She stayed in that position, cradling her head, for a few seconds before she left the court room.

The trial has so far seen Ms Vardy quizzed about messages with her agent discussing leaking - or potentially leaking - stories to the press. The wife of Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy denied to the High Court leaking information to the The Sun was “standard practice”.

Key Points

  • Vardy commiserated with Rooney about Sun leak

  • Peter Andre speaks out about Rebekah Vardy ‘chipolata’ jibe

  • Vardy ‘embarassed’ to be called ‘unofficial leader of the Wags’

  • Vardy quizzed about whether she organised a staged photo at the Russia World Cup

  • Key takeaways from second day of trial

  • The 2019 accusation behind the libel battle

What happened on Thursday?

07:50 , Zoe Tidman

Before proceedings kick off today, Holly Bancroft runs through the key points from the third day of the trial:

Key moments from day three of ‘Wagatha Christie’ trial as Vardy breaks down in tears

07:25 , Zoe Tidman

Good morning. We’re back for another day of coverage of the ‘Wagatha Christie’ libel trial, with Coleen Rooney expected to take the stand today.

Thursday 12 May 2022 21:05 , Katy Clifton

We are pausing our live updates for the evening. Come back tomorrow for more live coverage.

Timeline for rest of trial

Thursday 12 May 2022 20:57 , Tom Batchelor

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

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

Ms 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.

All we know about Coleen Rooney’s lawyer who also represented Johnny Depp and the Trumps

Thursday 12 May 2022 19:57 , Tom Batchelor

As the circus of the Wagatha Christie trial continues in London, much of media spotlight will be on Coleen Rooney’s lawyer David Sherbrone.

With a reputation as a barrister the rich and famous turn to for legal assistance, his previous client list includes Diana, Princess of Wales, Hollywood actor Michael Douglas and former prime minister Tony Blair and his wife Cherie.

Among the other stars he has also represented are Donald and Melania Trump, Sheikh Abdulla Al-Khalifa, Sir Paul McCartney, Sienna Miller, Kate Moss and Harry Styles.

Read the full report here:

All we know about Coleen Rooney’s lawyer who represented Johnny Depp and the Trumps

ICYMI: Peter Andre speaks out about Rebekah Vardy ‘chipolata’ jibe

Thursday 12 May 2022 18:57 , Tom Batchelor

Peter Andre has hit back at Rebekah Vardy’s comments in which she compared the “size of his manhood” to a “small chipolata”.

The singer said he had been “the butt of all jokes” for 15 years after the remarks, which were made in a 2004 interview and have resurfaced in the high-profile libel trial between Ms Vardy and fellow footballer’s wife Coleen Rooney.

Here is the story:

Peter Andre speaks out about Rebekah Vardy ‘chipolata’ jibe about manhood

Vardy ‘unable to disclose messages because they were deleted as she tried to export them'

Thursday 12 May 2022 17:57 , Tom Batchelor

Earlier in proceedings, the court heard that Ms Vardy claimed she was unable to disclose all the messages between her and Ms Watt because they were deleted as she tried to export them for disclosure.

Mr Sherborne said: “You say that as a result of that process all of the messages on your phone, all the WhatsApp messages on your phone between you and Ms Watt, were deleted, were lost.

“You know that your expert has described that as somewhat surprising and our expert indicates that someone has manually deleted them from the phone.

“No-one has said to you that Ms Rooney‘s expert says that there is no possible explanation for how that happened in any other way than someone manually, a human, deleting those messages on the phone?”

Court rises for the day

Thursday 12 May 2022 16:47 , Holly Bancroft

Rebekah Vardy’s cross-examination by Rooney’s lawyer has now come to an end and the court has risen for the day.

She will have to go through a short cross-examination by her own lawyers tomorrow morning, before her rival Coleen Rooney gives evidence.

Lawyers asking about missing messages between Vardy and Watt

Thursday 12 May 2022 16:35 , Holly Bancroft

Rooney’s lawyers are questioning Ms Vardy about nine months of missing messages between her and her agent.

Ms Vardy has said that she exported her Whatsapp chat with her agent Caroline Watt on 15th October 2019, however the first available message in this chat is on the 25th July 2020.

Mr Sherborne said: “You say the first available message between you and Ms Watt is the 25th July 2020.

“What has happened to all of the messages between you and Caroline Watt that happened between the 15th October 2019 when you carried out the export and the 25th July, so that is a good nine months later, what has happened to all of those messages?

Ms Vardy replied: “I can only imagine that I potentially switched phones during that period.”

Mr Sherborne replied: “Do you understand that it is a little disappointing to not have an anwer to that question.”

Ms Vardy added: “I can’t confirm or deny but I think I may have changed phones around that time.”

Mr Sherborne is alleging that Ms Vardy deleted these messages five days after the defence sent a letter to Ms Vardy’s legal team. The letter reiterated Rooney’s side’s desire to resolve the libel claim without it reaching court.

Evidence from Caroline Watt’s phone was not available to the court because she dropped it when “she was filming the coast line when on a boat trip in Scotland in August 2021 and was unable to retrieve it.”

Rooney’s lawyer is arguing that Vardy deleted evidence in advance of the trial

Thursday 12 May 2022 16:20 , Holly Bancroft

Rooney’s lawyer Mr Sherborne is arguing that Ms Vardy “deliberately concealed evidence of the secret passing of information in relation to Mrs Rooney’s instagram account.”

Ms Vardy exported the Whatsapp messages between her and her agent to provide as evidence. She denies she deleted any crucial evidence in advance of the trial.

“You say that as a result of that process [the exporting] all of the messages on your phone, between you and Ms Watt were deleted, were lost.” Mr Sherborne said.

“There are no messages left on your phone before the 15th October 2019 between you and Ms Watt.”

“Your expert has described that as somewhat surprising.

“You know that our expert says that this indicates that someone has manually deleted these from the phone.

“Mrs Rooney’s expert says that there is no other way that that happened - other than a human manually deleting those messages on the phone.”

Mr Sherborne alleged that Ms Vardy “made sure when you exported that we got no images, or audio, or video files.”

Ms Vardy replied that the losing of evidence was “extremely unfortunate”. She said that the “audio or whatever they were would have been extremely helpful to me.”

The court heard that the laptop that Ms Vardy used to export her Whatsapp messages has now been damaged and Ms Vardy no longer has it.

The court heard Ms Vardy’s lawyers disclosed that Ms Vardy had “disposed of it because it has been damaged beyond repair.”

Ms Vardy said: “It’s been broken for a long time. I don’t even have it anymore.”

Thursday 12 May 2022 16:00 , Holly Bancroft

Ms Vardy denied ever seeing a fake Instagram post about Ms Rooney visiting a gender selection clinic in Mexico in April 2019 which was leaked to the press the following August, the court heard.

She told the judge she had seen another post which she said suggested Ms Rooney wanted to have a daughter, but that post has never been found, the court heard.

Lawyer Mr Sherborne asked: “And you admit that you saw the gender selection post?”

“No I didn’t,” she said.

“That’s not the image I recall, I saw a different image.”

Mr Sherborne told the court “everyone has looked up hill and down dale in an attempt to find this post” but it has never been recovered.

Ms Vardy denied ever seeing a fake Instagram post about Ms Rooney visiting a gender selection clinic in Mexico in April 2019 which was leaked to the press the following August, the court heard.

Thursday 12 May 2022 15:47 , Holly Bancroft

Ms Vardy considered using the anniversary of Ms Rooney’s sister’s death to approach her after discovering she had been blocked on Instagram, the court heard.

Mr Sherborne questioned her over the mention of the sister, Rosie, during a conversation between her and Ms Watt after she was cut off on the social media platform.

He said: “You are trying to work out what you should do about the fact that Mrs Rooney has unfollowed you.”

Reading messages from her to Ms Watt, he continued: “‘I never usually message her’ and say here ‘maybe I should say some about Rosie’.

“So you were going use the anniversary of her deceased sister as the peg to message her?”

Ms Vardy replied that was an interpretation

“It’s the right interpretation, isn’t it?” he asked.

“No,” she responded.

Vardy turns to Rooney and accuses her of reveling in 'my anguish and upset’

Thursday 12 May 2022 15:25 , Holly Bancroft

Rebekah Vardy reacted to Rooney’s ‘Wagatha Christie post’, saying: “Wow that’s war” in a message to her agent.

Ms Vardy is being asked about the day Coleen Rooney outed Ms Vardy’s account as the one that she believed was leaking stories to the press.

“It’s such a blur that day”, Vardy told the court.

Mr Sherborne suggested that her agent Caroline Watt was “feeding you lines” for Vardy to use as an explanation.

“Caroline writes out for you what you should say to Coleen Rooney.” Mr Sherborne said.

Caroline Watt suggested that Ms Vardy tell Ms Rooney that her Instagram account follows people she doesn’t even know about.

Ms Vardy spoke about the days following Rooney’s big reveal. She said: “‘It seemed she had weaponised her fan base against me, and I was desperately trying to do something to diffuse the situation.”

She referred to an exclusive interview she gave to Alison Boshoff in the days after.

“I didn’t know what to think. I didn’t know what to believe,” Ms Vardy said.

Ms Vardy told the court that, during her phone call with Ms Rooney to try and diffuse the situation, Ms Rooney “quite frankly revelled in my anguish and upset”.

She turned directly to Ms Rooney when she said this last comment.

Vardy breaks down in the witness stand

Thursday 12 May 2022 15:11 , Holly Bancroft

Rebekah Vardy started crying in the witness stand during questioning about whether she leaked a story about Rooney’s flooded basement to the Sun.

Vardy told the court in a wobbling voice: “There was a lot of abuse at the time” and started to cry.

Mr Sherborne, Rooney’s lawyer, asked her if she needed another break and Ms Vardy shook her head.

Justice Steyn suggested that the court take a five minute break.

Ms Vardy then put her head down and covered her head with her hands. She stayed in that position, cradling her head, for a few seconds before she left the court room.

Thursday 12 May 2022 15:08 , Holly Bancroft

We’re now getting to the crux of the ‘Wagatha Christie’ trial. Rebekah Vardy is being quizzed about fake stories that Coleen Rooney posted on her Instagram in order to catch the person who was leaking to the press.

Mr Sherborne is asking Vardy about a story posted by Rooney in which she shares that her house had been flooded. This fake story was leaked to the Sun and the court has been shown a screeshot of the story, which shows Rebekah Vardy’s account as the only Instagram account that has seen the story.

Rebekah Vardy maintains that she can’t remember seeing this post.

Mr Sherborne said: “We can see on the bottom left hand corner it is seen by only you.

“You know don’t you that she’s [Rooney] limited her followers to just one account, and no one else would have seen it... Let’s take you through the post. It’s a bottle of wine, and it says: ‘Needed after today. Flood in the basement of our new house when it all seem to be going so well.”

Vardy said : “I can’t recall seeing this one. I recall seeing something else with the blue prints of her house and I thought it was very strange.”

Mr Sherborne said: “Did you or did you not see this screenshot?”

“I don’t recall”, Ms Vardy said.

Recap: Vardy quizzed about leaking Rooney’s Instagram posts to media

Thursday 12 May 2022 15:01 , Holly Bancroft

Rooney’s lawyer Mr Sherborne turned to an article from September 2017 with a headline suggesting Wayne Rooney feared his marriage to Coleen was over.

He said the article included information about a post on Ms Rooney’s private Instagram account that included a photograph of her with her children and said: “No matter where I am they always follow me and I hope that lasts forever.”

Ms Vardy responded: “Yes that is nice.”

Mr Sherborne suggested the journalists who wrote it had been given either the photograph or information about its contents, from someone who had access to the private profile.

Ms Vardy said: “I can’t comment on something I haven’t seen.”

Mr Sherborne said: “Mrs Vardy ... that article refers explicitly to a post on Mrs Rooney’s Instagram account, doesn’t it? I put it to you that that came from you, through Ms Watt, to (the journalists) - true or not true?”

She replied: “No, absolutely not.”

The barrister said it was a “shame” that messages between the journalists and Ms Watt were “lying at the bottom of the sea in Davy Jones’ locker”, to which Ms Vardy asked: “Who is Davy Jones?”

Mrs Justice Steyn told her the reference to Davy Jones’ locker “just means the bottom of the sea”.

Mr Sherborne turned to an article from September 2017 with a headline suggesting Wayne Rooney feared his marriage to Coleen was over.

Rebekah Vardy returns to the witness box

Thursday 12 May 2022 14:52 , Holly Bancroft

Rebekah Vardy has returned to the witness box after having to take a break.

Rooney’s lawyer David Sherborne asked Ms Vardy is she was ok to continue and she said she was.

Vardy takes a break from court and on the verge of tears

Thursday 12 May 2022 14:39 , Holly Bancroft

Rebekah Vardy has left the court for a break and appeared to be crying as she left the room.

Ms Vardy’s lawyer Hugh Tomlinson QC had objected to the style of questioning just before the judge ruled for a break.

Mr Tomlinson, referring to Rooney’s lawyer, said: “Mr Sherborne is constantly commenting and making remarks to the witness. It’s not very pleasant.”

‘Something odd happened when I exported my Whatsapp messages’, Vardy says

Thursday 12 May 2022 14:29 , Holly Bancroft

Rebekah Vardy is being asked why all the photos and the video files from her Whatsapp messages with her agent are not available to the court.

Lawyer Sherborne told her: “Strangely all of the Whatsapp messages and video files have been deleted.”

Vardy said: “No they haven’t.”

To which, Mr Sherborne jibed: “If they haven’t, can we have them please?”

Vardy said: “Something odd happened as I was exporting all the files.”

Mr Sherborne summarised: “We say delete. You say something odd happened.”

“I didn’t delete my messages,” Ms Vardy insisted.

Breaking: Peter Andre speaks out about Rebekah Vardy ‘chipolata’ jibe

Thursday 12 May 2022 14:16 , Holly Bancroft

Peter Andre has hit back at Rebekah Vardy’s comments about the “size of his manhood” made in a newspaper article in which she compared it to a “chipolata”.

Her remarks have been brought back to public attention as Ms Vardy faces off against Coleen Rooney in a high-profile libel trial.

Peter Andre speaks out about Rebekah Vardy ‘chipolata’ jibe about manhood

Peter Andre hits back at Rebekah Vardy’s ‘chipolata’ jibe

Thursday 12 May 2022 14:07 , Holly Bancroft

Peter Andre has hit back at Rebekah Vardy’s comparison of his private parts to a minature chipolata”.

Ms Vardy made the comments in 2004 and addressed them during her libel trial at the High Court on Tuesday.

On Thursday, Peter Andre used Instagram to hit back at the jibe, claiming there would be “absolute outrage” had the tables been turned.

Wearing a dressing gown in the video, Andre said: “Fifteen years this has been going on and I kept quiet and I didn’t say anything and I let everyone have their laugh and I let everyone say what they wanted to say.

“Yes, now she has gone to court and admitted that the story was made up and she did that because her ex-husband forced her to do it, fair enough.

“But put that all aside and just think how that feels, if a man had said this about her anatomy and made up something, you can use your imagination, saying something very unflattering, there would be absolute outrage.

“But because it has been said about me it’s been the butt of all jokes, I’ve taken it for 15 years.”

Rebekah Vardy ‘embarassed’ to be called ‘unofficial leader of the Wags’, court hears

Thursday 12 May 2022 14:03 , Holly Bancroft

In case you missed it..

Rebekah Vardy has told the High Court it was “embarassing” to be called the “unofficial WAG leader” in a newspaper article.

The 40-year-old was asked about a 2018 interview she did withThe Sun as she returned to the witness stand on the third day of her libel trial against Coleen Rooney.

The court heard the article carried the headline: “Becky Vardy reveals the secret to England’s World Cup success is down to the lads getting to spend time with their Wags.”

Read the full story here:

Rebekah Vardy ‘embarassed’ to be called ‘unofficial leader of the Wags’, court hears

Rebekah Vardy back in the witness box after lunch break

Thursday 12 May 2022 14:02 , Holly Bancroft

Rebekah Vardy commiserated with Rooney about Sun leak

Thursday 12 May 2022 13:09 , Holly Bancroft

Rebekah Vardy messaged Coleen Rooney to express her outrage that one of her Instagram followers was leaking stories to the Sun, the court heard.

Following a story in the Sun about Coleen, Wayne and her children taking pictures of themselves in bed, Ms Rooney posted angry messages to her followers saying that someone on the platform had started to leak stories to the press again.

Ms Vardy messaged Ms Rooney to express her anger that one of her Instagram followers would betray her in this way.

Ms Vardy said: “That’s so bad, the Sun of all people as well. Have you been through your followers? Anyone with any celeb mag links.”

Vardy continued: “I’d be chomping if it was me. Not on at all.”

Ms Rooney told Ms Vardy that she had “been through all” her followers and that she had “got a few people on it trying to sort” where the leak was coming from.

Vardy suggested: “You don’t think the paper has hacked your account do you?”

Court rises for lunch and Rooney’s lawyer winks at his legal team

Thursday 12 May 2022 13:04 , Holly Bancroft

Thursday 12 May 2022 12:58 , Holly Bancroft

Coleen Rooney’s lawyer David Sherborne has referenced the fact that Vardy’s agent Caroline Watt’s phone messages can’t be looked at because they “are lying at the bottom of the sea in Davy Jones’s locker?”

Vardy responded, looking at Mrs Justice Steyn, saying: “Who’s Davy Jones?”

Justice Steyn had to tell Rebekah Vardy that it was just an expression and the questioning moved on.

Rebekah Vardy denies providing incorrect information to the Sun about Coleen Rooney’s reported car crash

Thursday 12 May 2022 12:44 , Holly Bancroft

Rebekah Vardy is being asked about whether she provided incorrect information to the Sun about whether Coleen Rooney crashed her car.

In texts read out to court, Vardy’s agent Caroline Watt messaged Ms Vardy saying: “Halls (a Sun reporter) is trying to do a story on Coleen crashing her car, but her PR won’t even reply.

“I’ve told him I’m 100 percent confident that it happened but don’t know how.”

Vardy replied: “Haha she defo did.”

Mr Sherborne said: “That’s the thing Mr Halls wanted to be sure about. Halls said: Did she crash the car? and you said she defo did.

“Plainly Ms Vardy, you were ultimately the source of this quote weren’t you.”

The quote Mr Sherborne is referring to is: “Coleen ended up having a bad smash when she was driving the family car.

“Luckily Coleen escaped without a scrape on her but the motor was a mess.

“One side of the car was completely caved in. She couldn’t drive it away and it looked like a total write off.

“Obviously she was shaken up at the time but Coleen was just thankful no one was hurt.”

This ultimately turned out to be incorrect, the court heard. Coleen Rooney said she didn’t crash the car, instead a car drove into her Honda.

Mr Sherborne also confronted Vardy with a message from her agent, in which the agent apparently admits being the source of the leak to the Sun.

“It wasn’t someone she trusted. It was me”, Caroline Watt wrote.

Vardy and Watt knew about the crash because Rooney posted about it on her Instagram account.

When asked about whether this message proved that Ms Watt was leaking to the Sun, Vardy said: “That seems to be what she is saying.”

Recap: 'I would much rather you were honest, because you are in a witness box’

Thursday 12 May 2022 12:30 , Holly Bancroft

Lawyer Mr Sherborne asked Ms Vardy about an exchange with her agent Ms Watt discussing an article about the wives and girlfriends of the England players at the 2018 tournament, which described them as having a “great time” and being in Russia to “back our boys”.

Ms Vardy said she “didn’t really want to do it” and did not want to spend her time there talking to journalists.

Mr Sherborne put it to Ms Vardy that the Football Association (FA) were “worried” about the wives and girlfriends “drawing too much attention”, to which she said she could not comment on the FA’s position.Referring to the article, she said: “If I’m honest, I can’t remember that at all.”

Mr Sherborne replied: “Well, I would much rather you were honest, because you are in a witness box under oath.”The barrister then said that, far from not wanting attention, Ms Vardy was “trying to create attention” and that is why she had “stage-managed the photograph of the girls”, which Ms Vardy denied.

Mr Sherborne then referred to the evidence of Harpreet Robinson, the FA’s family liaison for the England team during the tournament, who said she received complaints from players and their partners.

Ms Vardy replied: “That is news to me, (I didn’t know) until I read it in her statement.”

Vardy repeatedly revised her witness statements in lead up to trial, High Court told

Thursday 12 May 2022 12:21 , Holly Bancroft

Coleen Rooney’s lawyer Mr Sherborne told the court elements of Rebekah Vardy’s witness statement which related to the alleged staged photo with other wives and girlfriends in Russia in June 2018 had varied throughout the disclosure process.

Reading her original witness statement, he said: “‘The claimant had nothing to do with the photograph which was published in The Sun on June 26 2018. She did not arrange a photographer to be present and received no payment’. You didn’t arrange a photograph?

“Yes, that’s true”, she replied.

He continued: “So, you changed your case.”

Reading an amended statement from July 2021, he said: “You say this: ‘The claimant did not orchestrate the picture that was published in The Sun’.

“What’s gone from that is that you no longer say you had nothing to do with the photograph that was published.”

Ms Vardy then said Mr Sherborne was “confusing” her when asked if both statements were true, before later going on to say: “Sometimes you make mistakes.”

Mr Sherborne said: “The reason you have not got your story straight is because you were lying.”

“No, I wasn’t”, she responded.

Ms Vardy’s witness statements were repeatedly revised ahead of the libel trial, the High Court has heard.

Rebekah Vardy said that it’s embarrassing to be called the leader of the Wags

Thursday 12 May 2022 11:59 , Holly Bancroft

Rebekah Vardy has said that it is embarassing to be called “the leader of the Wags”. She was referring to an article in The Sun in July 2018, which was headlined: “Becky Vardy reveals the secret to England’s World Cup success is down to the lads getting to spend time with their WAGs.”

Later on in the article, it described Ms Vardy as “the unofficial leader of our WAGs.”

That part of the article was read out by lawyer David Sherborne and Ms Vardy responded: “That’s quite an embarrassing statement.”

The court heard that Ms Vardy had messaged Coleen Rooney about her family’s move to Washington DC.

In the message, Vardy said: “So when should we book another holiday?... Good luck with the move to DC.”

Ms Vardy was referring to an article in the tabloid press about Ms Rooney, to which Ms Rooney responded: “Haha oh my god i’ve had it for years. You can take over. They chat so much rubbish.”

Rooney’s lawyer Sherborne accuses Rebekah Vardy of lying

Thursday 12 May 2022 11:51 , Holly Bancroft

Coleen Rooney’s lawyer David Sherborne is continuing his questioning of Ms Vardy and exhibiting a particularly aggressive style.

He has repeatedly accused Ms Vardy of lying in the witness box and is returning to written statements she made to the court to try and show that Ms Vardy keeps changing her accounts of what happpened.

He also has accused Ms Vardy of wasting time. Earlier this morning he said: “We are only going to get through if if you answer my questions. I’m only going to give you one opportunity and if you don’t answer I’m going to move on.”

He repeated this, saying: “I’m going to give you one chance to answer other wise we will never get through this.”

His questions are peppered with statements like: “That’s a lie isn’t it?” and “Mrs Vardy please focus on what’s in front of you.”

In one exchange Mr Sherborne said: “The reason you can’t get your story straight is because you are lying.”

Vardy replied in a soft voice: “No I am not.”

Mr Sherborne accused Ms Vardy of “selective amnesia” and said she was “making this up, aren’t you Mrs Vardy?”.

In questioning about one message exchange between Caroline Watt and Ms Vardy, Mr Sherborne said: “Can you remember this exchange with Watt?”

Vardy replied: “If I’m honest I can’t remember.”

Mr Sherborne quipped: “I’d much rather you are honest because you are sitting in a witness box in a trial.”

Recap - Vardy quizzed about 2018 World Cup photo

Thursday 12 May 2022 11:35 , Holly Bancroft

Rebekah Vardy was asked a number of questions about the World Cup in Russia in 2018 under cross-examination by Coleen Rooney’s barrister David Sherborne as the third day of their libel battle got under way at the High Court in London.

Mr Sherborne referred to a message exchange between Ms Vardy and her PR and agent, Caroline Watt, at the time, in which Ms Watt said she had “got a photographer sorted for tomorrow” and Ms Vardy replied “OK”.

Ms Vardy said Ms Watt had arranged for a photographer to take pictures of her as she left her hotel, but denied giving the photographer the location of either the hotel or a restaurant she went to the same evening with a group of the England team’s wives and girlfriends.

She said she was “happy” to be photographed leaving the hotel but claimed that updates she sent to Ms Watt when plans changed throughout the evening were not because she was working with the agent to arrange a “pap shot” of the group as they left the restaurant.

Mr Sherborne suggested that a message to Ms Watt which said “I have bought about 10 minutes” referred to the fact Ms Vardy was delaying some of the women from posting a group photograph on social media because a photographer hiding in the bushes had taken a picture of them all and they “didn’t want to lose their exclusive”.

In response, Ms Vardy said: “Well, it reads like that, I don’t recall it like that and if I’m being honest ... I had been drinking.”

During a further exchange with Mr Sherborne, Ms Vardy again denied having orchestrated the photograph, adding: “If I had intentionally arranged the picture ... I would quite happily admit that I had.”

She said that, by replying as she did to Ms Watt, she was “just trying to get her off my back actually and enjoy my evening, it had been quite a crazy few days.”

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