tThe case first went to court in November 2020, with a judge ruling that Ms Rooney’s post “clearly identified” Ms Vardy as “guilty of the serious and consistent breach of trust”.
The judge, now Lord Justice Warby, also said that “the element of suspense introduced by the multiple dots seems to me designed to arouse expectations of a dramatic reveal”.
Since then, several pre-trial hearings have taken place, including one where texts between Ms Vardy and Officer Caroline Watt emerged, in one of which Ms Vardy called someone a “nasty bitch”.
In February, Ms Rooney’s lawyer David Sherborne told the Supreme Court that a “series of unfortunate events” have taken place over the evidence in the case, most notably Ms Watt’s phone that fell in the North Sea.
Ms Vardy’s lawyers have said she has “nothing to hide”.
Most recently, the Supreme Court was told by Mr Sherborne that Ms Vardy “appears to accept” that Ms Watt was the source of leaked stories about Coleen Rooney published in The Sun newspaper.
Hugh Tomlinson, QC, on behalf of Ms Vardy, told the court that his client’s new testimony contained “no change in the case argued”.
Ms Watt was supposed to testify in the trial, but was recently found “unfit” to participate, and also withdrew her written evidence.
Mr. Tomlinson said, “We just don’t know the true position with regard to Mrs. Watt… She doesn’t communicate with anyone.”
The trial for Ms Steyn is expected to take seven days.