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Rebekah Vardy ordered to pay £1.5m towards Coleen Rooney’s legal costs

Mrs Vardy, 40, 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”.

Coleen Rooney leaving the Wagatha Christie trial. Photo: James Manning/PA Wire

Rebekah Vardy leaves the Royal Courts Of Justice, London. Picture date: Tuesday May 10, 2022: Victoria Jones/PA Wire© PA

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Rebekah Vardy will have to pay £1.5 million towards Coleen Rooney’s legal costs following their “Wagatha Christie” High Court libel battle.

Mrs Vardy, 40, 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”.

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

Mrs Rooney incurred total costs of more than £2 million, but £350,000 of those had already been racked up before the trial in May, so those were removed to produce a final figure of £1,667,860.

Mrs Vardy was ordered to pay £800,000 of the costs bill by 4pm on November 15.

She 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.

Rebekah Vardy leaves the Royal Courts Of Justice, London. Picture date: Tuesday May 10, 2022: Victoria Jones/PA Wire© PA

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

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.

The dispute began in 2019 when Rooney shared a post saying she had carried out a months-long “sting operation” and accused Vardy of leaking “false stories” about her private life to the press.

The wife of former England star Wayne Rooney publicly claimed Vardy’s account was the source behind three stories in The Sun newspaper featuring fake details she had posted on her private Instagram stories.

Vardy denied leaking stories to the media and sued Rooney for libel with both women attended a week-long trial at the High Court in London in May, which attracted a huge amount of press attention.

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