Rebekah Vardy lost her libel case against Coleen Rooney at the start of the day on July 29, just over two months after the initial hearing in May. Caroline Watt, Vardy's former agent, was also in the headlines once more, citing illness.
Caroline Watt: Who Is She?
Caroline Watt was previously a Vardy's agent. In 2015, her husband, Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy, rose to fame, and has been credited with securing public appearances for Vardy, including her 2018 appearance in the reality television program Im A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here!
Watt left The Frontrow Partnership to start her own PR agency in 2018, taking her main client, Rebekah Vardy, with her, according to the Independent. Watt was a regular visitor to the Vardy's home in Lincolnshire and the pair were photographed at parties together.
Why was Caroline Watt chosen to testify?
Watt was supposed to testify in support of Vardy, but she retracted her evidence pre-trial, citing health concerns.
The judge ruled that re-trying Watt would be like Hamlet without the Prince of Denmark and that retrying Watt would delay the main libel prosecution for up to a year, according to the Guardian. Ultimately, she would be remembered in history for that fumbled mobile moment.
Caroline Watt: Where is she now?
Caroline Watt opted not to call her agent Ms Watt to testify, partly because she knew her evidence would be untrue. Referring to the timing of her phones deep sea dive, she said: The likelihood that the loss Ms Watt describes was accidental is small.
The judge continued: Ms Watts' WhatsApp chat with Mrs Vardy, as well as her meetings with journalists, was likely to be available on her phone when she was informed very shortly after the revelation that such evidence must be preserved.
Ms Vardy deliberately deleted her WhatsApp chat with Ms Watt, and that Ms Watt deliberately dropped her phone in the sea, according to Justice Steyn. Moreover, evidence demonstrated that Mrs Vardy knew of and condoned this behavior, actively engaging in it by directing Ms Watt to her private Instagram account, sending her screenshots of Mrs Rooneys posts, and responding to press inquiries via Ms Watt.
Watts' current situation is unknown. Another of Watts clients, Nicola McLean, said Watts has been severely affected by the coverage and fallout of the highly publicised legal case. She knows many things about people, so I don't want to continue drag her along through this too much, she said.