Loser of libel battle between Coleen Rooney and Rebekah Vardy 'will face legal bill of £1.6m if case goes to trial'

THE LOSER of the infamous Wagatha Christie court battle between Coleen Rooney and Rebekah Vardy will face a legal bill upwards of £1.6million, if the case goes to trial.

The wag's teams have already drawn up an estimate of their costs ahead of a private hearing by telephone on Tuesday.

And damages could easily spiral the total cost for the losing side to over £2million, according to The Daily Mail.

Lawyers for Mum-of-five Becky, 38, have estimated their cost at the end of a trial will be nearly £1.1million.

The Wag's bills already total more than £400,000.

Meanwhile Coleen, wife of ex-England legend Wayne, 34, has had her side's cost assesed at over £500,000 all together, with £200,000 charged already.

If a trial was to happen, the losing side would most likely be forced to pay the other's side bill on top of their own.

A source close to Coleen previously told The Sun on Sunday: “Coleen has tried to settle this on three previous occasions.

“She’s acutely aware of the ridiculous spectacle this has become at a time when people are dying from Covid.

“As far as she is concerned this has gone too far.

“The legal costs on both sides are well into six figures.”

Rebekah who is married to Leicester City ace Jamie, 34, has furiously denied leaking fake stories about Coleen to the press.

A preliminary hearing last year found in her favour, with the judge ordering Coleen, wife of ex-England legend Wayne, 34, to pay £22,913 costs.

Last month The Sun revealed the wag war may not reach court until 2022 — meaning the saga dragging into its fourth year, sources say.

The case could stretch on into next year due to Covid-linked backlogs.

A source said: “It’s looking more likely this will end up in court. But their legal teams have been warned about the massive backlog.

“The earliest they might be able to get to court is the winter but there’s a very good chance it could go into 2022.

“It’s a nightmare because no one really wants this to drag on and it is already costing a small fortune in legal fees.

“Coleen, in particular, just wants to move on.”

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