Coleen Rooney and Rebekah Vardy's 'Wagatha Christie' trial to get underway

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The so-called "Wagatha Christie" libel trial between Coleen Rooney and Rebekah Vardy is due to begin on Tuesday.

The high-profile case between the footballers' wives is set to kick off in London's High Court, with Jamie Vardy's wife Rebekah suing Wayne Rooney's wife Coleen for libel for accusing her of leaking private information about the Rooney family to the press.

The legal battle has been ongoing since 2020, and despite judges pleading with the reality stars to settle the dispute out of court, neither has backed down. Experts report that the legal costs they've racked up pursuing the civil case will likely be far greater than any damages they might be awarded, according to BBC News.

The dispute began in October 2019 when Coleen published a lengthy statement on Twitter. She believed that someone who followed her personal Instagram account was leaking stories about her and her family to The Sun newspaper.

Coleen claimed she planted fake stories - including a gender selection trip to Mexico - on her Instagram account and blocked all her followers from seeing her stories except one account.

"Now I know for certain which account/individual it's come from. I have saved and screenshotted all the original stories which clearly show just one person has viewed them. It's………. Rebekah Vardy's account," she wrote.

The tweet went viral and was dubbed the Wagatha Christie scandal, a play on words of famous mystery writer Agatha Christie and the term WAG, an acronym referring to the wives and girlfriends of sports stars.

Rebekah has continuously denied leaking stories about Coleen to the press and she sued her for libel in June 2020 over her allegation.

A key part of the trial will likely focus on Rebekah's agent Caroline Watt. It was revealed during a pre-trial hearing that she accidentally dropped her phone in the North Sea days after being ordered to hand it over as part of the case.

The trial is expected to last six to seven days.

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