COLEEN Rooney is still confident that she will come out on top in the battle of the WAGs after losing the latest part of her Wagatha battle against Rebekah Vardy.
She was today ordered to pay £65k to Vardy’s agent and pal Caroline Watt after her application to add her to the lawsuit was rejected by the High Court.
Coleen, 35,claimed explosive text messages between the two – released last week as part of a two-day hearing at the High Court – showed a misuse of her private information.
But in her ruling Justice Steyn refused permission to add the claim against Miss Watt to the libel case.
The judge ordered Coleen to pay £65,000 towards the agent's legal costs, and dubbed the amount a "reasonable and proportionate sum".
Rebekah, 39 is suing her former friend for libel after Coleen alleged she leaked stories from her private Instagram account to the press in 2019.
Coleen ended her sensational post with: "It’s… Rebekah Vardy’s account."
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Last night, a spokesman for Coleen said: “Coleen is pleased that the 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.
“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 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 Wag – wife of Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy – vehemently denies the allegations.
In her ruling today, Justice Steyn refused permission to add Coleen's claim against Miss Watt to the libel case.
The judge scalded Coleen's lawyers for their last-minute application to add Miss Watt to the trial.
She said: "In my judgement, this application has been brought too late.
"The effect of granting the application would be to delay the determination of the claimant’s libel claim by six to 12 months.
"That would not be fair to the claimant who seeks to vindicate her reputation and would suffer the prejudice of the litigation being prolonged.
"For the reasons I have given, I refuse to grant permission for the additional claim against the respondent (Miss Watt) to be made or for permission to add the respondent as an additional party in the additional claim against her."
Last week, Coleen claimed Miss Watt was the "direct leak" – but insisted the agent's Wag boss was "behind" it.
Coleen's barrister David Sherborne earlier said that, if Rebekah wins and the court finds she was not the person who leaked the info, then Coleen will be left without "vindication".
That is unless she is able to bring the misuse of private information claim against Ms Watt as part of the same case.
The judge today ruled in Rebecca's favour, but did approve Coleen's request for a specific search of WhatsApp conversations between Rebekah and Miss Watt.
Texts between Rebekah and her agent pal Caroline Watt lay bare their long-standing secret loathing of Coleen – who Rebekah branded a "stupid cow".
In a series of messages on Rebekah's phone, the Wag also branded her former friend a "nasty b****" and "such a d***".
And in one text sent in February 2019 , Rebekah appears to accuse Real Housewives of Cheshire star Leanne Brown and Wag Dawn Ward of leaks.
She writes: "She (Coleen) thinks it's me that's been doing the stories on her! Of all the people on her Instagram ffs! Leanne Brown etc x."
Wag Leanne, 44, wife of ex-Manchester United ace Wes, 42, is one of Coleen's closest friends, whilst Dawn is married to former footie star, Ashley.
There is no suggestion the pair have ever leaked stories.
The messages also detail the lengths Rebekah and Ms Watt were willing to go to if the former was ever accused of leaking stories about her foe.
In one exchange the pair discuss what to do after mum-of-four Coleen, 35, suddenly unfollowed Rebekah on Instagram in February 2019.
Coleen and her legal team remain confident of winning this case when it comes to trial in May.
Rebekah, wife of ex-England and Leicester City striker, Jamie, 35, sneers: "Stupid cow deserves everything she gets! Hope she gets sold out massively now."
In another message she says: "Not having her bad mouth me to anyone…if she’s doing that my god she will be sorry."
And in another exchange recorded a month earlier Rebekah writes: "I’ve taken a big dislike to her!
"She thinks she’s amazing…Would love to leak those stories."
Miss Watt apparently brands Coleen "trash" and says "she's so up her own arse", whilst Rebekah calls her "a nasty bitch" and a "c***".
Rebekah's lawyers insist she was talking about someone else.
Ms Watt and Rebekah also discussed a potential "cover-up" if it ever became "undeniably obvious" they were behind leaks.
The agent suggested they blame "one of the girls in the office" who had access to an old laptop containing all of Rebekah's social media passwords.
Coleen's smirking lawyers said they wanted to examine Miss Watt's phone further in a bid to discover other messages.
But it "regrettably" slipped from her grasp and into the North Sea shortly after a judge had ordered her to hand it over.
Becky also lost all of her messages after trying to transfer them to her lawyers.
In 2019 Coleen sensationally accused Rebekah's Instagram account of leaking fake stories she'd purposely posted on her personal account.
She said at the time: "It’s been tough keeping it to myself and not making any comment at all, especially when the stories have been leaked, however I had to.
"Now I know for certain which account/individual it’s come from.
"It’s . . . Rebekah Vardy’s account."
Rebekah, who was heavily pregnant at the time of Coleen's accusations, denied the claims and insisted she had nothing to gain from selling stories to the press.
She hit back: "As I have just said to you on the phone, I wish you had called me if you thought this. I never speak to anyone about you as various journalists who have asked me over the years can vouch for.
“If you thought this was happening you could have told me & I could have changed my passwords to see if it stopped.
"Over the years various people have had access to my Insta and just this week I found I was following people I didn’t know and have never followed myself."
Rebekah is suing Coleen for libel and insists she was not behind the leaks.
Their £1million trial is due to begin in May but is likely to be delayed.
The warring wags have previously met for mediation but failed to reach an agreement.
Coleen's most recent offer would have seen both her and Rebekah each making "a substantial donation" to charity.
They would also commit to paying their own costs, a move known in legal circles as a 'drop hands' settlement.
And they would "agree to disagree" on the central claims made by Coleen in her social media post.
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