Rebekah 'used anniversary of Coleen's sister's death as an excuse'

Rebekah Vardy is accused of sharing Coleen Rooney’s Instagram tribute to her late sister as an excuse to get back in touch after being ‘blocked’ on Instagram, Wagatha Christie trial hears

  • Coleen unfollowed Rebekah in January 2019 an Instagram story was leaked 
  • Rebekah texted her agent to suggest ‘saying something’ about her sister Rosie 
  • Barrister claimed she planned to ‘use anniversary’ as ‘a peg’ to resume contact 

Rebekah Vardy arriving at the High Court for day three of the Wagatha Christie libel trial 

Rebekah Vardy used the anniversary of Coleen Rooney’s sister’s death as an excuse to contact her again, it was claimed at today’s Wagatha Christie libel trial. 

Coleen unfollowed Rebekah in January 2019 after a story about her car crashing in the US was leaked to the media, prompting her to suspect she was the ‘snake in the grass’ who was responsible. 

In text messages between Rebekah and her agent Caroline Watt, Rebekah said she would like to contact Coleen and suggested ‘saying something about’ her sister Rosie, who died in 2013 aged 14 following a lifelong battle with a rare brain disorder. 

Today, Coleen’s barrister David Sherborne put it to Rebecca that she was going to ‘use the anniversary’ of Rooney’s sister dying as ‘the peg’ to message her.

Rebekah said: ‘That’s interpreted wrong’.

In the event, Ms Watt suggested she use a different tack by saying she had recently been on Loose Women and the programme’s booker asked if Coleen might want to appear on the show.     

Rebekah entered the witness box for the third time today on what was expected to be the final day of her evidence. 

Coleen with her sister Rosie at Claire House Hospice. Rosie tragically died in 2013 following her lifelong battle with Rett syndrome, a rare brain disorder that causes severe disabilities

In a viral social media post in October 2019, Coleen, 36, said she had carried out a ‘sting operation’ and accused Rebekah, 40, of leaking ‘false stories’ about her private life to the press.

Rebekah, 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 Coleen is defending the claim on the basis her post was ‘substantially true’.

Today’s trial had to be adjourned for 10 minutes after Rebekah broke down in tears while being quizzed by Mr Sherborne.   

It happened moments after the barrister was ticked off by the judge for continually making ‘unnecessary’ comments.

Discussing a fake post by Coleen Rooney over gender selection, Rebekah said she had not been to Mexico for treatment after Mr Sherborne had mistakenly used her name instead of Coleen’s.

After her reply, Mr Sherborne said pointedly: ‘Is that your best point Mrs Vardy?’

Her barrister Hugh Tomlinson QC rose to his feet to intervene saying Mr Sherborne was ‘constantly commenting and making remarks to the witness’.

It led to the judge saying: ‘It is unnecessary and there’s not really enough time for those comments in any event.’ 

Coleen, dressed all in black and carrying a Chanel handbag, looked relaxed as she stepped out of a black cab with her husband Wayne behind in his signature navy suit with a leather handbag containing a bulging file

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