Rebekah Vardy ‘set up’ maternity hospital pics after giving birth, Wagatha trial hears

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A portion of the questioning focussed on interviews and pictures Rebekah had done and posed for, for the press.

Mr Sherborne discussed an interview she had given to The Sun in December 2016 while pregnant with her daughter Olivia Grace.

After initially said she did not remember the article, Mr Sherborne held up one of the photos used in the exclusive piece, adding: “You think you might recall these rather large images of you naked in a national newspaper.”

"They were our own images that we'd had taken,'' Rebekah said.

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Vardy also admitted photos of her leaving a maternity hospital after giving birth were 'set up'.

"I have never hidden the fact I have done staged pictures,'' she said. "I just gave permission for a photographer to be there. I wanted to control it.''

Sherborne asked if it would have been more honest to have sat down and posed for photos rather than stage them.

Vardy replied: "I'd just given birth. I'm not sure I was in any position to sit down.''

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The barrister produced more articles showing Vardy posing with her new baby and stripping down to her bikini on a beach holiday.

Vardy told the court it was "important for me to be able to earn my own money".

"I never want to rely on my husband. Jamie and I discussed it and there was no problem doing that,'' she added.

Later on in the day, Mr Sherborne read out a message exchange between Vardy and a journalist who interviewed her after she came out of the I'm A Celebrity jungle.

In them Vardy suggests they meet for lunch and offers to set up the reporter with a date.

In her witness statement Vardy said: "I do not have close relationships with any journalists.''

Asked if her statement was false Vardy replied she did not have a close relationship with the journalist.

In a social media post in October 2019, Mrs Rooney said she had carried out a “sting operation” to catch Mrs Vardy leaking “false stories” about her private life.

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She claimed an Instagram account behind three fake stories that appeared in The Sun newspaper was Mrs Vardy’s, sparking what became known as the Wagatha Christie saga.

Rebekah denies she was behind the alleged leaking.