Rebekah Vardy "fell out with Girls Aloud's Sarah Harding in 2018 because she was apparently caught taking pictures of the contents of her handbag at the National Television Awards", a court heard.

Coleen Rooney, 36, made the claim in a witness statement she supplied as part of the Wagatha Christie libel trial.

Vardy was accused by Rooney of leaking fake stories about her in October 2019.

The 40-year-old denies the allegations and is suing Rooney, the wife of England star Wayne, for libel.

In a witness statement, Rooney said: "As an aside, I am aware that Becky had attended the 2018 National Television Awards and produced and provided various pieces of 'behind the scenes' footage for The Sun.

"She also got into a spat with former Girls Aloud group member Sarah Harding during the 2018 event because Sarah apparently caught Becky taking photographs of the contents of Sarah’s handbag when Sarah had dropped it on the floor.

Their dispute subsequently appeared in The Sun."

Sarah announced that she had breast cancer in August 2020 and tragically passed away at the age of 39 in September last year.

The story at the time had been published by several tabloid newspapers and was mentioned by Rooney in written documents that were submitted to the High Court as part of the £3million Wagatha Christie libel trial.

In an Instagram post from 2018, Coleen accused Rebekah of leaking "false stories" to the press about her private life.

Rebekah has firmly denied Coleen allegations and is instead suing Wayne Rooney's wife for libel and damages.

While Coleen's legal representatives have argued that her social media post was "substantially true" and in the interest of the public.

The trial continues

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