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Johnny Depp’s girlfriend Joelle Rich also Meghan Markle’s lawyer

She puts the “Suits” in lawsuits.

Johnny Depp’s new girlfriend, Joelle Rich, was once a lawyer for Meghan Markle.

The London-based lawyer represented 41-year-old Markle in the Duchess of Sussex’s case against Associated Newspapers, owner of the Daily Mail and the Mail on Sunday.

Markle sued the British tabloid company in October 2019 after it published a private letter she wrote to her estranged father, Thomas Markle, following his absence from her May 2018 wedding to Prince Harry.

Meghan won the case in December 2021, with the court ruling that the publication of the letter violated her privacy and was “unlawful”.

Johnny Depp and Joelle Rich leave court.
Joelle Rich, the lawyer-turned-girlfriend of Johnny Depp, was once Meghan Markle’s lawyer in a high-profile case.
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The Mail on Sunday argued that the “Suits” alum had written the letter knowing it would be leaked, but the judges found the correspondence “personal, private and not matters of legitimate public interest”.

“This is a victory, not just for me, but for anyone who has ever been afraid to stand up for what is right,” Meghan said in a statement to Page Six at the time.

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Meghan Markle attends Queen Elizabeth II's funeral.
The Duchess of Sussex sued a British newspaper company for publishing a private letter to her estranged father, Thomas Markle.
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She added: “Tomorrow it could be you. These harmful practices don’t happen once in a blue moon – they are a daily failure that divides us, and we all deserve better.”

The Mail on Sunday was ordered to pay damages and print a front page apology to the former actress.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Leaving Church.
Thomas was not present at Meghan’s 2018 wedding to Prince Harry.
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Rich was part of the team at law firm Schillings that helped Meghan achieve the legal victory.

The attorney also represented Depp, 59, in his libel lawsuit against The Sun, which he lost in November 2020.

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Page Six confirmed on Thursday that the “Pirates of the Caribbean” star and Rich are now dating, with a source revealing the lawyer is married but divorced.

She and her estranged husband reportedly have two children.

Rich also stood by Depp’s side when the actor won his libel lawsuit against ex-wife Amber Heard earlier this year.

Representatives for Meghan and Rich did not immediately respond to Page Six’s requests for comment.

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