Coleen Rooney offers Dancing On Ice's Rebekah Vardy peace deal to avoid High Court showdown
COLEEN Rooney has issued a make-or-break offer to Wagatha Christie rival Becky Vardy to avoid a High Court showdown.
Her 11th-hour peace deal would see both making a substantial donation to charity.
They would also pay their own costs, a move known in legal circles as a “drop hands” settlement.
And they would “agree to disagree” on the central claims made by Coleen, 34, in her Wagatha post.
A source 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.
Coleen and her family owe so much to the NHS. She’d be far happier to see the money they would have spent on lawyers being used in a more positive and productive way.
“As far as she is concerned this has gone too far.
“The legal costs on both sides are well into six figures.”
Coleen’s sister Rosie, 14, died in 2013 from a genetic disorder and the source added: “Coleen and her family owe so much to the NHS.
“She’d be far happier to see the money they would have spent on lawyers being used in a more positive and productive way.”
Mum-of-five Becky, 38, wed 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.
The Wags are due to slog it out at mediation in the next fortnight in a bid to avoid a five-day libel fight in the summer.
Arrangements are being made for the finely balanced negotiations to take place virtually via Zoom.
A date has yet to be set. It will likely be the last chance the pair have to end their 15-month feud.
Despite her peace offer Coleen has made it clear she will not apologise.
Another source said: “That’s her red line though she may be willing to express her regret for what has unfolded.”
Coleen’s spokesman said at the time of the preliminary hearing: “She remains as confident as she always has been of winning her case, should it ever reach a full court hearing — something she has never wanted.”
Becky’s spokeswoman declined to comment.
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