Latest Breaking News & Hot Updates Around USA OR All Over World

How Rooneys’ estimated £134MILLION fortune dwarfs the Vardys’ £15m

0 4

With the Wagatha Christie libel drama ending in Coleen Rooney’s favour, it now falls to Rebekah Vardy and her footballer husband Jamie to foot the enormous bill. 

The 40-year-old has already been ordered to pay £1.5million of her rival’s legal fees, with £800,000 transferred by November 15. But she’ll also have to pay her own eye-watering fees – which have been put at £2,017,860. 

In addition to approximately £200,000 of additional trial costs this could bring the final total to around £3.7m – although some estimates suggest it could exceed £4m.  

A defiant Rebekah taunted her rival Coleen last night with a series of Instagram posts saying she should donate the money she owes her to charity.

And she could certainly afford to do so given the estimated £134m fortune she had amassed with her husband Wayne, which dwarfs the Vardys’ own net worth – put at roughly £15m. 

Here is how the WAG rivals weigh up in the financial stakes… 

Jamie earns an estimated £8.32m a year at Leicester but almost half of that is likely to go in tax and national insurance. Rebekah has her own showbiz and media career 

THE VARDYS

Personal earnings  

Premier League striker Jamie signed a new two year deal with Leicester City in August and is believed to be earning around £160,000 a week. 

That works out at £8.32m a year but almost half of that is likely to go in tax and national insurance, leaving an estimated take home pay of £4.386 million, according to MoneySaving Expert’s income tax calculator. 

In addition to his Leicester pay, Jamie has also netted substantial sums of money thanks to sponsorship deals with Nike and Beats by Dre. 

Rebekah has developed her own career on the TV and showbiz circuit, and in 2017 appeared on I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! for an expected £100,000, the Mirror reported. 

She has also appeared as a panelist Loose Women and, in 2021, competed in Dancing on Ice, reaching the semi-finals with her dance partner Andy Buchanan. 

Her earnings have been paid into several companies including V9 Media Limited, which had retained earnings of £856,000 in June last year. This would pay for the initial downpayment of £800,000 to Coleen she was told to settle immediately.

However, Rebekah and Jamie’s two other companies have combined losses of nearly £175,000. 

V9 Academy Limited was £125,912 in the red and BKYV Media Limited was down by £48,579 in the year up to the end of June last year.

Property empire  

£2.5m Lincolnshire family home  

Rebekah and Jamie live with their family, including three children they share together and a son and a daughter, Taylor and Megan, from previous relationships. 

The striker bought the property in 2016 after he and Rebekah previously lived in a £1.25million eight-bedroom house in Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire.

An artist's impression of an entertainment area the Vardys were given permission to build at the back of their family home in Lincolnshire

An artist’s impression of an entertainment area the Vardys were given permission to build at the back of their family home in Lincolnshire 

In 2019, the Vardys received planning permission for an outdoor ‘party’ space to the rear of the property including a dining area, bar and cinema. 

The entertainment area at the property, which is located in a quiet village with around 80 residents, includes an outdoor kitchen, barbecue, water feature and terracotta chimney pizza oven – complete with decking and seating.

It will sit beside a two-storey extension to the property which includes a garden room, two bedrooms and a cinema. The mansion boasts five reception rooms, an indoor pool, sauna, tennis court and gym.

Vardy enjoys 15,000 sq ft of space at his home, which also has a three-bedroom annexe. Planning papers sent to the council say: ‘The proposal comprises the erection of a two-storey extension to the rear of the host dwelling.

‘The ridge height of the extension would be approximately 7.8m, with an eaves height of approximately 5m. The proposal also comprises (of) an external covered dining area, along with a retaining wall and landscaping.’ 

£2million Portuguese villa  

Following Rebekah’s legal loss, friends have suggested she may be forced to sell the family’s beloved Portuguese luxury villa on the exclusive golf resort of Quinta do Lago, which they call their ‘sanctuary’. 

The property, which has three pools, a gym, steam room and six bedrooms, is thought to be worth in the region of £2million and is available for rent for up to £30,000 per week. 

Earlier this year the couple had a scare when the luxury villa looked like it could be damaged by forest fires. 

The Vardys' villa in Quinta do Lago, Portugal, which has three pools, a gym, steam room and six bedrooms. It's available to rent for up to £30,000 per week

The Vardys’ villa in Quinta do Lago, Portugal, which has three pools, a gym, steam room and six bedrooms. It’s available to rent for up to £30,000 per week

A source close to the family told the Sun: ‘It’s been horrifying. Their neighbours have all been evacuated and one by one residents are being told to leave their homes. 

‘Becky can see smoke everywhere and she’s terrified about the kids breathing it in. The water is also down so she’s relying on bottled water which, obviously, there is only a finite amount of at home.

‘Jamie and their friends and family back home have all been really worried. Things are developing by the hour but she’s praying the fire brigades, who have been brilliant, can get things back under control.’

Car collection  

Jamie owns a £130,000 Bentley that he was pictured driving following the sensational Wagatha Christie verdict last month.

The footballer looked glum in the front seat of his Bentley Bentayga Azure, which has a maximum speed of 180mph from a 3.0 litre V6 petrol engine.    

Vardy owns a £130,000 Bentley that he was pictured driving following the sensational Wagatha Christie verdict last month

Vardy owns a £130,000 Bentley that he was pictured driving following the sensational Wagatha Christie verdict last month

THE ROONEYS 

Personal earnings  

During his time at Premier League side Manchester United, Wayne was among the world’s top 10 highest earning footballers for more than a decade, commanding a £300,000-a-week salary. 

He also netted millions in endorsements and advertising campaigns from the likes of Nike, Nokia, Coca-Cola, and Ford. 

After a brief spell at his childhood team, Everton, and two years in America with MLS side DC United he returned to England to manage Derby County. He earned a reported £90,000 in his first management role, although he agreed to defer part of his pay to help the club deal with a cash crisis. 

Months ago he returned to America to take over as manager of DC United, with reports putting his salary at $1million (£869,000 a year). 

Coleen has enjoyed her own flourishing career independent of her husband, with her estimated individual net worth estimated at £14million. 

Wayne was among the world's top 10 highest earning footballers for more than a decade, commanding a £300,000-a-week salary at Man U. Earlier this year, Coleen signed a multimillion pound deal with Disney+ for the rights to a tell-all Wagatha Christie documentary

Wayne was among the world’s top 10 highest earning footballers for more than a decade, commanding a £300,000-a-week salary at Man U. Earlier this year, Coleen signed a multimillion pound deal with Disney+ for the rights to a tell-all Wagatha Christie documentary

The WAG has built her own wealth through exercise DVDs and books, as well as a raft of sponsorship and media deals. 

Coleen launched a jewellery range with Argos in 2008 in a £500,000 deal and also has her own perfume line. In 2010, she signed a £2m clothing deal with retail company Littlewoods which lasted until 2017.

She’s appeared regularly on TV, including in 2008 with her own show titled Coleen’s Real Women. Coleen presented two episodes of X Factor and has appeared on This Morning. 

The 36-year-old released her autobiography, Welcome to My World, in 2007, before another book, Coleen’s Real Style, came out a year later. 

She’s also written a four-book series called Coleen Style Queen which focuses on a fictional character inspired by Coleen’s childhood. 

Earlier this year, she signed a multimillion pound deal with Disney+ for the rights to a tell-all Wagatha Christie documentary.

Property empire

Cheshire – £20m ‘Morrisons Mansion’ and £3.7m former home  

The couple reportedly pocketed £3.7m from the sale of their former five-bedroom home in Prestbury, Cheshire. 

The couple, both 36, bought the plot of land for £1.5million in 2005, before custom building the family home.

Their new £20m pad is situated deep in the Cheshire countryside and boasts a snooker room, a home cinema, indoor swimming pool, an underground spa, wine cellar, a stable area with space for 14 horses, and, a football pitch for their four sons.

The house, which sits in its own secluded spot in 40 acres of countryside, is on the flightpath to Manchester Airport with planes flying directly over it.

Situated behind a lake, a bridge leads to the manor – uncharitably referred to as the ‘Morrisons mansion’ due to its similarity to the supermarket chain.

The Rooneys are said to have pocketed £3.7m from the sale of their former five-bedroom home in Prestbury, Cheshire

The Rooneys are said to have pocketed £3.7m from the sale of their former five-bedroom home in Prestbury, Cheshire

Their new £20m pad is situated deep in the Cheshire countryside and boasts a snooker room, a home cinema, indoor swimming pool, an underground spa, wine cellar

Their new £20m pad is situated deep in the Cheshire countryside and boasts a snooker room, a home cinema, indoor swimming pool, an underground spa, wine cellar 

A number of people on social media have compared the new Rooney home's design to a supermarket supermarket, such as this Morrisons in Sunderland

A number of people on social media have compared the new Rooney home’s design to a supermarket supermarket, such as this Morrisons in Sunderland 

The family were initially set to move into the mansion back in 2020, but were set back due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

But Coleen and Wayne ran into some issues when renovating the property, running into issues from birds, so they installed an airport-style automatic ‘bird-scarer’ to prevent grass seeds from being eaten.

Blasts from the gas-powered scarer every 20 minutes annoyed the well-heeled neighbours in the Cheshire countryside, who became fed up with the drawn-out construction work.

Another bugbear for local residents was the state-of-the art security precautions around the property.

Several objected to the erection of a 9ft tall security fence ringing the estate, branding it an eyesore which would ‘urbanise’ the rural area. The planners sided with the Rooneys.

The Rooneys' three-storey mansion deep in the Cheshire countryside boasts an incredible array of facilities

The Rooneys’ three-storey mansion deep in the Cheshire countryside boasts an incredible array of facilities

Construction on the property was delayed as a consequence of the coronavirus pandemic and cost an estimated £20million to complete

Construction on the property was delayed as a consequence of the coronavirus pandemic and cost an estimated £20million to complete 

The ground floor has a huge indoor swimming pool surrounded by a glass pavilion and a hot tub, plunge pool and steam room. 

There is also a large garage for the former Manchester United star’s fleet of sports cars, as well as a stable block. In order to avoid the social faux pas of using the couple’s own downstairs loo, there is a ‘guest toilet’ too and even separate lifts – one for the family, the other for visitors.

Upstairs has six bedrooms, all with en-suites, with the master bedroom also boasting a dressing room. The property has two floors as well as a subterranean basement, which is home to the steam room, plunge pool, hot tub, gym, cinema room with ten seats, wine cellar and snooker room with bar.

The plush garage has room for six cars and the stables have room for 14 horses plus a hay store and a tack room.

£5m Barbados holiday home 

Wayne and Coleen loved holiday hotspot Barbados so much they eventually splashed out £5million a rental property there in 2010.  

Located in the exclusive Royal Westmoreland estate on the Caribbean island, the resort has become so popular with northern celebrities that its Jasmine Ridge development is now unofficially known as the ‘Northern Quarter’.

Once a sugar plantation, it extends to 750 acres and has 225 privately owned villas and cottages, a clubhouse, restaurant, spa, private beach and a golf course.

Wayne and Coleen loved holiday hotspot Barbados so much they eventually splashed out £5million a rental property there in 2010

Wayne and Coleen loved holiday hotspot Barbados so much they eventually splashed out £5million a rental property there in 2010

The lavish villa was furnished by Coleen when it was built and comes with five bedrooms, an infinity pool and breathtaking sea views

The lavish villa was furnished by Coleen when it was built and comes with five bedrooms, an infinity pool and breathtaking sea views

The lavish £5 million villa was furnished by Coleen when it was built and comes with five bedrooms, an infinity pool and breathtaking sea views.

Guests receive a daily complimentary round of golf and use of a buggy on the estate.

As of 2017, the villa rents for £25,410 per week at high season – such as Christmastime – while it drops to £10,164 per week during low season.

Royal Westmoreland owner John Morphet said in 2017: ‘We have a very wide range of people here. We do have celebrities but once we come in through the gate we are all on the same level.

‘The owners are not starstruck, they leave each other alone. People don’t bother them, they just mix in.’ 

£320,000 Florida apartment  

With Wayne established as one of the best players of his generation, the couple forked out an estimated £320,000 on a waterfront apartment at Harbor Pointe in Port Charlotte, Florida in 2007 – only for property prices to collapse during the recession. 

The holiday home featured a master suite, a study its very own fitness centre as well as a heated pool, located within the grounds of the resort. 

With Wayne established as one of the best players of his generation, the couple forked out an estimated £320,000 on a waterfront apartment at Harbor Pointe in Port Charlotte, Florida - only for property prices to collapse during the recession

With Wayne established as one of the best players of his generation, the couple forked out an estimated £320,000 on a waterfront apartment at Harbor Pointe in Port Charlotte, Florida – only for property prices to collapse during the recession

As reported by MailOnline at the time, they bought the condo through realtors Your Place Abroad – who also facilitated homes for Michael Owen and former cricketer Andrew Flintoff.  

However a downturn in the global economy resulted in the collapse property prices, with neighbouring homes losing as much as £150,000 in value as a result. 

Car collection 

The Rooneys drive a £150,000 Land Rover, which late last year was daubed with giant penises and the word “w****r” after he parked it at a busy Christmas market in Manchester. 

And earlier this year, fans were offered a peek of one of Wayne’s former cars when a £67,450 Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder went up for sale on Auto Trader. 

Coleen getting into her and Wayne's £150,000 Land Rover, which late last year was daubed with giant penises and the word ¿w****r¿ after he parked it at a busy Christmas market in Manchester

Coleen getting into her and Wayne’s £150,000 Land Rover, which late last year was daubed with giant penises and the word “w****r” after he parked it at a busy Christmas market in Manchester

‘This will hit Rebekah Vardy’s pocket hard’: Friends say WAG is ‘tense’ after being ordered to pay Coleen Rooney’s costs and her own legal bills which could soar to more than £4m after Wagatha Christie trial 

‘Tense times’ lie ahead for Rebekah Vardy as she faces paying off a £3.7million legal bill following her Wagatha Christie trial loss – with money she already owes to The Sun threatening to push the total over £4million. 

The 40-year-old wife of Leicester City star Jamie Vardy has been ordered to pay £1.5million of Coleen Rooney’s legal bill, with £800,000 transferred by November 15.

Ms Vardy will also have to pay her own legal bill – which was put at £2,017,860, including £825,000 for her solicitors and £689,000 for her barristers.

With £200,000 of additional trial costs, this brings the total estimate to around £3.7million – but some have estimated it could exceed £4million.  

A source told The Sun that the costs were going to hit the 40-year-old hard and that it is a ‘tense time for her’ as she waits to hear when she will be expected to pay the rest of the money to Coleen.

The source said: ‘Becky losing the libel trial is going to hit her pocket hard. Understandably she’s not happy about it.

‘Becky is waiting to find out how much more she’ll be asked to fork out after her first payment. It’s a tense time for her, especially when she just wants to draw a line in the sand and move on.’ 

How does Rebekah Vardy’s £3.7million Wagatha Christie legal bill breakdown?

Rebekah Vardy has been ordered to pay £1.5million of Coleen Rooney’s legal bill.

Ms Rooney’s total bill was around £2million. But approximately £350,000 of the Rooney total was already settled prior to the trial, with Mrs Vardy having paid a portion of that.

The remainder was put at £1,667,860, of which Mrs Vardy must pay 90 per cent – approximately £1.5million.

Ms Vardy will also have to pay her own legal bill – which was put at £2,017,860. 

This includes £825,000 for her solicitors and £689,000 for her barristers.

The other £200,000 is for other costs around the trial. The total estimate is around £3.7million, although some have suggested it could be as high as £4million total.

Rebekah taunted her rival Coleen with a series of Instagram post last night saying she should donate the money she owes her to charity.

She shared a picture of a money jar labelled ‘charity’ along with an extract from a report of the libel trial saying: ‘She’d be far happier to see the money they would have spent on lawyers being used in a more positive and productive way.’

Rebekah has also written on the picture herself, telling Coleen: ‘Let’s hope you put your money where your mouth is and some good can come of this whole embarrassing spectacle!’

But a team Rooney insider told The Mirror: ‘It’s a bit rich to be preaching about money when Coleen wanted to settle this before the costs started racking up.’ 

Coleen also said following her victory: ‘I never believed it should have gone to court at such expense in times of hardship for so many people when the money could have been far better spent helping others.’

Rebekah’s companies barely have enough cash to cover the first downpayment on the legal bill, she has to pay Mrs Rooney, paperwork shows.

V9 Media Limited had retained earnings of £856,000 in June last year, which would pay for the initial downpayment of £800,000 she was told to settle immediately.

But Rebekah will still be left with a further £700,000 top up owed to Colleen for costs after their court battle. She also has her own costs of around £1.5m, meaning the total legal bill for her is around £3m.

Rebekah and Jamie’s two other companies actually have combined losses of nearly £175,000. V9 Academy Limited was £125,912 in the red and BKYV Media Limited was down by £48,579 in the year up to the end of June last year.

Jamie Vardy signed a new two year deal with Leicester City in August and is believed to be earning around £160,000 a week, which works out at £8.32m a year but almost half of that is likely to go in tax and national insurance, leaving and estimated take home pay of £4.386 million, according to MoneySaving Expert’s income tax calculator.

It is not known how much money the couple have in their personal bank and investment accounts.

Earlier, Mrs Vardy shared a different image on her private Instagram account which said: ‘It’s always the ones with the dirty hands pointing the fingers.’

She had taken to social media throughout the course of the trial to make thinly veiled digs at Coleen, including once saying that quarrelling with her was like ‘arguing with a pigeon’ and that regardless who is right, the bird would still ‘s*** in your hair.’

Rebekah Vardy shared the above picture on her Instagram, urging Coleen Rooney to donate the legal costs she must pay her rival to charity

Rebekah Vardy shared the above picture on her Instagram, urging Coleen Rooney to donate the legal costs she must pay her rival to charity

Defeated Rebekah Vardy posted a cryptic Instagram story after it emerged she will have to pay Coleen Rooney £1.5million of her Wagatha Christie legal bills

Defeated Rebekah Vardy posted a cryptic Instagram story after it emerged she will have to pay Coleen Rooney £1.5million of her Wagatha Christie legal bills

The 40-year-old wife of Leicester City star Jamie Vardy (pictured: The couple pictured outside court during the libel trial) shared an image on her private Instagram account which said: ‘It’s always the ones with the dirty hands pointing the fingers.’

Coleen Rooney was seen at the gym

Victorious Coleen Rooney has been seen working-up a sweat at the gym after it emerged rival wag Rebekah Vardy will have to pay £1.5million of her Wagatha Christie legal bill. The 36-year-old, the wife of ex-England striker Wayne Rooney, was seen checking her phone as she hotfooted it out of a gym in her workout clothes.

Wayne Rooney

Wayne Rooney is pictured running errands in Leesburg, Virginia on Tuesday that included stops by ABC Liquor Store, Bank of America, a local bar, and a men’s grooming shop. The sighting comes as Rebekah Vardy is ordered to pay $1.7m towards Wayne’s wife, Coleen Rooney’s legal costs

Mrs Rooney posted on Instagram accusing Mrs Vardy of leaking stories to The Sun newspaper following her own months-long 'sting operation'

Mrs Rooney posted on Instagram accusing Mrs Vardy of leaking stories to The Sun newspaper following her own months-long ‘sting operation’

Friends have suggested Mrs Vardy may be forced to sell the family’s beloved Portuguese luxury villa on the exclusive golf resort of Quinta do Lago, which they call their ‘sanctuary’. The property, which has three pools, a gym, steam room and six bedrooms, is thought to be worth in the region of £2million and is available for rent for up to £30,000 per week. Mrs Vardy has made it clear she will not appeal the case.

Vardy was accused of deliberately deleting WhatsApp messages central to the case as it was suggested her agent also intentionally dropped her phone in the North Sea.

Mrs Vardy and her footballer husband were left with the bill after Mrs Justice Steyn ruled in favour of Mrs Rooney in a judgement that said swathes of her evidence given under oath had been ‘manifestly inconsistent’, ‘not credible’ and needed to be treated with ‘very considerable caution’. 

Because she had changed her settings so only one user could see it she felt confident to make the famous declaration ‘it’s….Rebekah Vardy’s account’. 

In an order made public on Tuesday, the judge ruled that Mrs Vardy should pay 90 per cent of Mrs Rooney’s costs.

Vardy will also have to pay costs incurred by seven journalists who were potential witnesses but did not give evidence – apart from a portion of their costs which Mrs Rooney has already been ordered to pay.

The judge ruled on various issues relating to Mrs Rooney’s costs after receiving written legal arguments on behalf of both women.

Mrs Justice Steyn said there were certain issues which arose during the week-long trial which justified the reduction of 10% in the amount Mrs Vardy has to pay, including Mrs Rooney’s allegation that Mrs Vardy was one of the people behind The Sun’s ‘Secret Wag’ gossip column.

Rebekah Vardy has been accused by friends of her agent Caroline Watt of being 'cruel' by 'ignoring her mental health struggles'

Rebekah Vardy has been accused by friends of her agent Caroline Watt of being ‘cruel’ by ‘ignoring her mental health struggles’

Tragic: Caroline withdrew from the Wagatha Christie case for mental health reasons but was repeatedly mentioned in evidence. They are both pictured at a TV event

Ms Watt withdrew from the Wagatha Christie case for mental health reasons but was repeatedly mentioned in evidence. They are both pictured at a TV event 

Wagatha Christie timeline: How Coleen and Rebekah’s war unfolded

September 2017 to October 2019 – The Sun runs a number of articles about Coleen, including that she travelled to Mexico to look into baby ‘gender selection’ treatment, her plan to revive her TV career and the flooding of her basement.

October 9, 2019 – Coleen uses social media to accuse Rebekah of selling stories from her private Instagram account to the tabloids. It prompts #WagathaChristie to start trending.

February 13, 2020 – In a tearful appearance on ITV’s Loose Women, Rebekah says the stress of the dispute caused her to have severe anxiety attacks and she ‘ended up in hospital three times’. 

June 23, 2020 – It emerges that Rebekah has launched libel proceedings against Coleen.

November 19-20, 2020 – The libel battle has its first High Court hearing in London. A judge rules that Coleen’s October 2019 post ‘clearly identified’ Rebekah as being ‘guilty of the serious and consistent breach of trust’.

Mr Justice Warby concludes that the ‘natural and ordinary’ meaning of the posts was that Rebekah had ‘regularly and frequently abused her status as a trusted follower of Coleen’s personal Instagram account by secretly informing The Sun of Coleen’s private posts and stories’.

February 8-9, 2022 – A series of explosive messages between Rebekah and her agent Caroline Watt – which Coleen’s lawyers allege were about her – are revealed at a preliminary court hearing.

Coleen’s lawyers seek further information from the WhatsApp messages, but the court is told that Ms Watt’s phone fell into the North Sea after a boat she was on hit a wave, before further information could be extracted from it.

February 14 – Coleen is refused permission to bring a High Court claim against Ms Watt for misuse of private information to be heard alongside the libel battle. A High Court judge, Mrs Justice Steyn, says the bid was brought too late and previous opportunities to make the claim had not been taken.

April 13 – Ms Watt is not fit to give oral evidence at the upcoming libel trial, the High Court is told as the case returns for another hearing.

May 10 onwards – The trial began

July 29 – Rebekah Vardy lost her defamation case against Coleen Rooney, the judge ruled Mrs Rooney’s accusation was ‘substantially true’.

It comes as rival wag Ms Rooney was seen working-up a sweat at the gym amid the news that Ms Vardy will have to pay a large chunk of her legal bill for their high-profile court clash.

The 36-year-old, the wife of ex-England striker Wayne Rooney, was seen checking her phone as she hotfooted it out into the street in her workout clothes.

She lost her high-profile libel claim against Mrs Rooney, 36, in July when Mrs Justice Steyn ruled that Mrs Rooney’s viral social media post accusing Mrs Vardy of leaking her private information to the press was ‘substantially true’.

It followed a viral social media post where Coleen had revealed she had put false stories on her Instagram page. These fake tales then emerged in The Sun newspaper.

The judge said in the court order: ‘In particular, the weak allegation that the claimant was the Secret Wag added considerably to the work by the claimant’s representatives, the concession in respect of serious harm was made late, and the (Mrs Rooney’s) public interest defence was unsuccessful.

‘However, given the defendant’s success on the defence of truth which was at the heart of this claim, and the degree to which there was overlap between the issues, I consider that the appropriate reduction is 10%.’

Mrs Vardy had argued for a reduction to 80% while Mrs Rooney contended there should be no reduction at all.

The final figure of costs Mrs Vardy has to pay may be reduced further if she does not agree to pay the total incurred by Mrs Rooney and, at a later date, a court considers some of those costs to have been unreasonable.

The total amount of Mrs Vardy’s legal costs is not known but is expected to be of a similar level to those incurred by Mrs Rooney.

Paul Lunt, partner and head of litigation at law firm Brabners, who represented Coleen Rooney, said: ‘The High Court has decided that Rebekah Vardy must pay Coleen Rooney’s legal costs on an indemnity basis – the highest basis that the court could order.

‘The reasoning given for this decision is that there was a finding at trial that Rebekah Vardy had deliberately deleted or destroyed evidence.

‘That behaviour falls outside the ordinary and reasonable conduct expected of a party in legal proceedings.

‘This followed a separate finding regarding the loss of evidence that was in the possession of Rebekah Vardy’s former agent, Caroline Watt.

‘Coleen’s pursuit of that evidence is a major reason why her legal costs increased substantially from the original estimates given to the court long before the start of the trial.

‘Rebekah Vardy has been ordered to pay £800,000 to Coleen Rooney by November 15 as an interim payment until the final total she must pay is either agreed or decided upon by the court.

‘Naturally, Rebekah will also be responsible for her own legal costs of bringing her failed libel action against Coleen.

‘The decision also makes Rebekah liable to pay for legal costs incurred by certain journalists from News UK, publishers of The Sun newspaper, following her unsuccessful efforts to involve them in the proceedings.’

Coleen and Rebekah, who were once friends, spectacularly fell out over the former’s Instagram post which ignited a ferocious three-year battle between them and culminated in May’s High Court trial.

Coleen set her trap by posting three fake stories on her personal Instagram page which unbeknown to Rebekah were only shared with her account. Stories were published in The Sun about all of them.

The first of the ‘fake’ stories was posted in April 2019 and featured a snap on board a passenger jet heading to Mexico with the caption: ‘Let’s go and see what this gender selection is all about.’

In September 2019 Coleen posted a fake story hinting she might be in I’m a Celebrity while the third, a month later, was about her basement getting flooded.

Coleen’s social media post accusing her fellow Wag of being the source of the leaks led initially to a furious war of words between the pair.

Attempts to try and resolve their dispute before it came to court all failed, resulting in May’s blockbuster two-week trial which drew international media attention as both Wags gave evidence adding to the high drama in the High Court.

Coleen Rooney and Rebekah Vardy together in 2016. The WAGs have ended up in court in the libel trial of the year and Mrs Vardy's reputation is in tatters after bringing the case and losing

Coleen Rooney and Rebekah Vardy together in 2016. The WAGs have ended up in court in the libel trial of the year and Mrs Vardy’s reputation is in tatters after bringing the case and losing

These are the sensational posts and images at the heart of the £3 million Wagatha Christie libel trial between Rebekah Vardy and Coleen Rooney. Top of the bill is the famous but never published photo from Coleen's private Instagram account showing Wayne in bed with three of his sons in spotted pyjamas (pictured)

These are the sensational posts and images at the heart of the £3 million Wagatha Christie libel trial between Rebekah Vardy and Coleen Rooney. Top of the bill is the famous but never published photo from Coleen’s private Instagram account showing Wayne in bed with three of his sons in spotted pyjamas (pictured)

Coleen's Instagram

Coleen's Instagram

Coleen told the court that she only posted the image (pictured left) on her private account because she did not want to fuel stories about her and Wayne reuniting after the couple’s marriage faltered when he was caught drink driving in another woman’s car. On her public Instagram account Coleen only posted a photo of herself with her then three sons Kai, Klay and Kit, (pictured right) wearing matching pyjamas. But she was angered a few days later, when a story appeared in The Sun clearly based on the private image

Screen grab dated issued by Kingsley Napley of text messages between Rebekah and Jamie Vardy after reports Wayne Rooney was asked to tell Jamie Vardy his wife needed to reduce her media presence

Screen grab dated issued by Kingsley Napley of text messages between Rebekah and Jamie Vardy after reports Wayne Rooney was asked to tell Jamie Vardy his wife needed to reduce her media presence

Dubbed the ‘trial of the century’ or the ‘war of the Wags’ simmering tension between the two increased after messages between Rebekah and her agent were read out in which she referred to Coleen as a ‘nasty b***h,’ ‘c**t’ and ‘stupid cow.’

The Wagatha Christie trial also led to a dramatic showdown between two of English football’s most prolific strikers, Wayne Rooney and Jamie Vardy who went on the attack in defence of their wives.

Wayne, 36 dutifully accompanied Coleen for each day of the trial, dressed in sharp suits that matched her formal outfits and the two were photographed purposefully striding into the High Court as they put on a united front.

Jamie, 35 on the other hand, only accompanied Rebekah once during the trial, ironically on the day when his former international colleague Wayne was giving evidence.

As the former England captain took to the witness box, Jamie stared dispassionately as Wayne sounded the last rites for any camaraderie the two once shared on the football pitch.

Coleen was represented in court by high-profile barrister David Sherbourne while Rebekah had enlisted the services of legal heavy weight Hugh Tomlinson.

Giving evidence, the two women revealed the emotional impact the Wagatha battle had on their lives.

Rebekah broke down and cried three times while in the witness box, particularly when she was accused of destroying vital evidence.

Coleen described the messages against her as ‘evil’ and movingly recounted the hurt she felt at stories about her personal life being leaked.

Leave A Reply

Your email address will not be published.