Rebekah Vardy has reportedly promised to hand over any damages she receives to charity if she wins her bitter court battle against Coleen Rooney.
Jamie Vardy’s wife is suing Wayne Rooney’s wife for libel after her bombshell statement that claimed Rebekah’s Instagram account was behind the leak of her personal information to the press.
Rebekah, 40, has denied any involvement in the leaks and blasted Coleen, 35, for making her public statement, saying she should have contacted her directly to deal with it.
Former I’m A Celebrity star Rebekah could be handed up to £300,000 if a judge rules against her rival, and insiders say she’ll give it all to a worthy cause.
A source told The Sun : “Becky isn’t stupid. She’s well aware there are bigger things going on in the world right now, and that people are horrified at the amount of money she and Coleen have been throwing around, mainly in legal fees.
“Becky never wanted things to go this far, and all she wants is for her name and reputation to be cleared. She’s not after a payday.
“As a result, she’s decided to give any damages to charity and had her advisers set up meetings with a couples of charities. She wants some good to come from this sorry saga.”
The battle began a couple of years ago when Coleen told her fans she’d set up her own sting operation after finding that information from her private Instagram account – for friends and family – had been leaked to the press.
She was dubbed Wagatha Christie after revealing she’d posted fake stories and blocked every account but Rebekah’s from seeing them.
When the information continued to leak, she posted the bombshell statement which said it was Rebekah’s account behind the leaks, with her quickly hitting back to deny everything in her own statement.
Rebekah is now suing Coleen for libel, and in a remote hearing this week, Mrs Justice Steyn ordered Coleen to pay £65,000 towards the legal costs of Rebekah’s former agent Caroline Watt following an unsuccessful bid to bring her into the libel case.
However, the judge gave the go-ahead for Coleen to amend her defence case, to include an allegation that Rebekah, through her former agent, provided information to The Sun about an unnamed professional footballer.
She also gave permission for disclosure of WhatsApp messages between Rebekah and Caroline during the relevant period, and allowed Coleen’s application for an order that both parties make a joint request for information to Instagram.
At the end of the hearing, Rebekah’s barrister Hugh Tomlinson QC thanked the judge for “battling through Covid to produce a very comprehensive judgment”.
A statement was later released by a spokesperson for Coleen, who said: “Coleen is pleased that today’s judgment leaves it open to her to bring separate legal action against Caroline Watt, following the details of telling WhatsApp conversations between her and Mrs Vardy laid before the court last week.
“The judgment does nothing to alter the fact that Ms Watt will be a witness in this case. As such, she will be subject to cross examination under oath about her relationship with Mrs Vardy and the media and on the meaning of the WhatsApp messages.”
They continued: “In the light of this, Coleen and her lawyers look forward to seeing the results of the further extensive searches ordered today by the judge of Mrs Vardy’s WhatsApp messages with relevant parties, including the manual search of Mrs Vardy’s messages with Caroline Watt.
“In accordance with today’s ruling, Instagram will also be formally be asked to assist with disclosure of relevant Instagram data.
“Coleen and her legal team remain confident of winning this case when it comes to trial in May.”
The Mirror has contacted Rebekah for comment.