A lawyer has been suspended from the family law service she founded after mocking “black names” and the Black Lives Matter movement in tweets about Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s newborn baby.
Joanna Toch, a former Olympic rower who founded Family Law Cafe in the UK, made racist jokes on Twitter with another woman, Julie Burchill, about the name of the newborn daughter of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex just after the announcement of his birth on Sunday.
Harry and Meghan named their baby Lilibet “Lili” Diana Mountbatten-Windsor in honor of Queen Elizabeth, whose family nickname is “Lilibet”, and Harry’s mother, Princess Diana.
Burchill, a The Telegraph and The Spectator contributor who goes through @BoozeandFagz online, tweeted that Lilibet’s new name was “a missed opportunity” for Harry and Meghan. Referring to the baby like “that”, she added, “they could have called her Georgina Floydina!”
Toch replied to Burchill, “No Doria? Don’t black names count? ”
Doria Ragland is Meghan’s mother.
Burchill replied that she “hoped for Doria Oprah, the rotten racists”.
Toch responded with “Doprah?”
As the tweets began to go viral on Twitter, Toch quickly apologized for his “joke.”
“It was a joke and I’m sorry if it upset you,” she wrote in response to a commentator. She then offered a longer apology and attempted to apologize by saying that she had “colored children”.
“I’m so sorry for the comment and what I saw as a joke,” she said in a tweet, captured in a screenshot. “I fought during my professional life against racism which is odious. I am not a judge and I have colored children and I apologize wholeheartedly.
A Daily Mail profile from Toch from March 2017 says she has two children.
Burchill and Toch’s Twitter accounts are no longer active.
Toch’s workplace later released a statement Monday saying she had been suspended.
“Family Law Cafe Limited (” FLC “) has suspended Joanna Toch with immediate effect pending an internal review of her recent comments on Twitter,” the company said in a statement on Twitter.
“FLC views his comments as offensive, unacceptable and highly contradictory to the inclusive issue in which FLC has always and will continue to work with members of all communities to manage the challenges of marital and family disputes. ”
HuffPost has reached out to Family Law Cafe for further comment on the review process and who the board members are.
The Duchess of Sussex opened up about the murder of George Floyd in a graduation speech last year after a white policeman – who was later convicted of murder – put his knee on the black man’s neck 46-year-old for almost nine minutes. Meghan also mentioned other victims of police brutality in the speech.
Harry and Meghan have both spoken openly about the racist attacks they have faced in the press, on social media and within the royal family. The Duke of Sussex told Oprah in March that one of the main reasons they left the UK was racism.
The Duchess of Sussex also revealed that a member of the royal family had expressed racist “concerns” over Archie’s skin color before he was born.
In the first statement confirming that the former “Suits” actor and the Prince were dating in November 2016, Kensington Palace denounced “the outright sexism and racism of social media trolls and comments on articles on the Web “that Meghan has encountered.
Just days before the palace confirmed the two were dating, the Daily Mail noted in an article that Meghan was not blonde and therefore “something deviating from Prince Harry’s usual type”. The same article described her mother as “full of dreadlocks and a nose stud.”
Days later, a Daily Mail column said Meghan had ‘exotic DNA’.
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