The most high-profile legal battle of the year is to start today with the first hearing at the High Court in the Rebekah Vardy vs Coleen Rooney libel case.
The pair clashed in public in October last year when Coleen, 34, accused Rebekah, the wife of Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy, of leaking stories about her to the press.
That sparked huge controversy, with the affair being dubbed “Wagatha Christie” due to Coleen’s apparent sleuthing skills in uncovering what she claimed had taken place.
Mrs Rooney wrote: “For a few years now someone who I trusted to follow me on my personal Instagram account has been consistently informing The Sun newspaper of my private posts and stories.”
She added that she blocked everyone apart from an Instagram page belonging to Mrs Vardy from seeing her Instagram stories, and then “posted a series of false stories to see if they made their way into The Sun” over the space of five months.
Mrs Rooney dramatically added: “I have saved and screenshotted all the original stories which clearly show just one person has viewed them.
“It’s ……………. Rebekah Vardy’s account.”
However Rebekah denies the claims and is seeking damages for libel.
At a preliminary hearing in London on Thursday, Mr Justice Warby will be asked to determine the “natural and ordinary” meaning of Mrs Rooney’s posts on Instagram and Twitter which accused Rebekah of leaking the stories.
Proceedings are due to begin at 10.30am and we’ll have updates from court.