BECKY Vardy is embroiled in a new Wagatha fight – this time over Coleen Rooney’s £1.8million legal bill.
Leicester star Jamie’s wife has to pay 90 per cent of her rival’s costs after losing her defamation lawsuit last July – but Becky claims some of the amounts have skyrocketed by more than 300 per cent.
Becky was thrilled when she landed with Coleen’s legal bill, including £2,000 for one of her lawyers to stay at a five-star hotel.
They also collected a £225 bill for breakfast and drinks at London’s Nobu Hotel, which sparked fierce opposition.
Becky, 41, was told she had to pay 90 percent of Coleen’s legal fees when she lost her libel suit. The amount is still being determined.
Then, in April, she received the final tally – a whopping £1.8million, well over the £500,000 Coleen’s team had originally quoted in court.
Angry, Becky hired a legal team to demand a breakdown of the costs from former England star Wayne’s wife.
Sources say she is ready to pay her “rightful debts” but has now started a legal “war” over the rising costs.
The row could lead to another court battle between the two former friends after their original trial rocked the nation last summer.
A source said: “Becky was furious after seeing Coleen’s bill and hired a legal team to take action. For them it is war.
“In court, Coleen’s costs have been put at just over £500,000 and Becky believes she is pushing her luck by asking for almost £2million.
“Your legal team has said that some of the costs appear to have been excessive.
“They went back to Coleen’s team and asked for a detailed breakdown of some points.”
The Sun believes some of the amounts previously assessed in court have increased significantly – in one case by as much as 300 per cent.
The points at issue include a bill from Coleen for one of her employees, which includes a £1,994 stay at the luxury Nobu Hotel in central London.
There was also a £225 bill for “minibar, breakfast and lounge drinks”.
This comes after Becky was forced to pay Coleen an interim payment of £800,000 in November last year after she lost her defamation battle in London’s High Court.
The figures requested also include additional court costs for Coleen’s attorney, David Sherborne, and two experts.
The source continued: “Becky has received documentation as part of the bill showing how much Coleen’s team has budgeted – and how much they are asking.” David Sherborne, for example, had budgeted £299,000 but was invoiced £524,000.
And one of the experts speaking at the trial said the court estimated it was just over £32,000 but the final bill is over £148,000 – that’s an increase of 359 per cent.
“The bill also includes a fee of £6,000 for briefing the press and preparing press releases.”
It is understood that Becky’s team has yet to receive any responses from Coleen on some points.
This means the couple could be forced to go back to court to resolve the matter.
The source added, “As for Becky, she’s going to be struggling to sort things out. Becky has been pushing her team to try and get the job done so she can pay her rightful debts and get on with her life.”
The original case was sparked when mother-of-four Coleen turned detective to find the source of a series of stories leaked to the press.
In a tweet in October 2019, she explained her investigative work and concluded with the bombastic statement: “It is…” . . Rebekah Vardy’s account.”
She was nicknamed “Wagatha Christie” when her post went viral and had to bring Becky, who was then heavily pregnant with their fifth child, back from a holiday in Dubai.
Becky denied responsibility for the leaks and sued Coleen for defamation, with the case eventually going to court in May last year.
However, she lost her claim when the judge ruled in July that Coleen’s post was “substantially true.”
The trial was adapted into a stage show and a two-part Channel 4 drama.
Becky later told The Sun that she felt like she had post-traumatic stress disorder.
She said last August: “I get physically sick talking about the trial and what happened and I have nightmares.
“I haven’t been diagnosed yet, but I know I’ll probably need more therapy. It was a terrible time.”
Coleen and husband Wayne are working on a Disney documentary where they will tell all about the process.
It is believed that the release is planned for later this year.
A spokesman for Becky declined to comment.