Wagatha Christie timeline: how the libel battle between Rebekah Vardy and Coleen Rooney unfolded

After a week of courtroom drama, the “Wagatha Christie” trial is entering its final day.

Here’s how the defamation dispute between footballer wives Coleen Rooney and Rebekah Vardy reached the High Court in London:

September 2017 to October 2019

The sun The newspaper runs a number of articles about Ms. Rooney, including how she traveled to Mexico to address the treatment of babies’ “gender selection,” her plan to revive her television career, and the flooding of her basement.

October 9, 2019

Ms Rooney took to social media to accuse Ms Vardy of selling stories from her private Instagram account to the tabloids.

Former footballer Wayne Rooney’s wife says she spent five months figuring out who is sharing information about her and her family based on posts she made on her personal social media page.

After Ms Rooney shared a number of “fake” stories and used an elimination process, she claims they were viewed from an Instagram account owned by Ms Vardy.

Ms Vardy, who was pregnant with her fifth child at the time, denies the allegations and says various people have had access to her Instagram over the years.

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She claims to be “so upset” by Ms Rooney’s accusation, later adding, “I thought she was my girlfriend but she absolutely crushed me.”

The public dispute is making headlines around the world, and the hashtag #WagathaChristie is trending.

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Coleen and Wayne Rooney leave the Royal Courts of Justice in London as the high-profile libel battle between Rebekah Vardy and Coleen Rooney continues. Photo: Yui Mok/PA Wire

February 13, 2020

In a tearful appearance on ITV Permissive womenMs Vardy says the stress of the argument caused her to have severe anxiety attacks and “ended up in hospital three times”.

Ms Rooney says in a statement that she does not want to “engage in any further public debate”.

June 23, 2020

It turns out that Ms Vardy has started a defamation case against Ms Rooney.

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Ms Vardy’s lawyers allege she “suffered extreme distress, pain, fear and embarrassment” as a result of the publication of the post and the events that followed.

19-20 November 2020

The libel fight has its first hearing at the High Court in London.

A judge rules that Ms Rooney’s October 2019 submission “clearly identified Ms Vardy as ‘guilty of aggravated and consequential breach of trust'”.

Mr Judge Mark Warby concludes the “natural and ordinary” meaning of the posts was that Ms Vardy had “regularly and frequently abused her status as a trusted follower of Ms Rooney’s personal Instagram account by secretly informing The sun of Mrs. Rooney’s private contributions and stories’.

8th-9th February 2022

A series of explosive messages between Ms Vardy and her agent Caroline Watt – which Ms Rooney’s lawyers claim referred to her – are revealed at a preliminary court hearing.

The court is told that Ms Vardy was not referring to Ms Rooney when she called someone a “nasty bitch” in an exchange with Ms Watt.

Ms Rooney’s lawyers are seeking more information from the WhatsApp messages, but the court is told Ms Watt’s phone fell in the North Sea after a boat she was on hit a wave before more information could be extracted from it.

14th of February

Ms Rooney is being refused permission to bring a High Court case against Ms Watt for misuse of private information to be heard alongside the libel battle.

A High Court judge, Ms Justice Karen Steyn, says the offer was made too late and earlier opportunities to make the claim were missed.

April 13th

Ms Watt is unable to testify orally in the forthcoming defamation trial, the High Court is told as the case returns for a further hearing.

The agent revokes permission to use her testimony and retracts her waiver that would have been permitted Sun journalists to say if she was a source of the allegedly leaked stories.

April 29th

Ms Vardy “appears to accept” that her agent was the source of alleged leaked stories, Ms Rooney’s lawyer David Sherborne told the High Court.

He argues that new testimony from Ms Vardy suggests Ms Watt was the source, but Ms Vardy claims she “did not authorize or condone it”.

Ms Vardy’s lawyer, Hugh Tomlinson, says the statement contained “no change in the case brought” as her legal team had no communications with Ms Watt.

10th-17th May

Ms Vardy and Ms Rooney face off in court as the trial of their libel battle takes place at the Royal Courts of Justice in London before Ms Justice Steyn. Both women testify as revelations from the case make headlines in the press daily.

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