Lawyer suspended for ‘unacceptable’ tweet about baby Lilibet and ‘black names’

A UK family lawyer has been suspended after posting tweets mocking the name of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's new arrival.

Joanna Toch, 59, took to Twitter to mock the baby's name after the Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced they've named her Lilibet Diana Mountbatten-Windsor to honour the Queen and Princess Diana.

The practising barrister from Tunbridge Wells, Kent, suggested the name was a snub at Meghan's mother while also mocking the Black Lives Matter movement with her play on words.

She tweeted: "No Doria? Don't black names matter?"

Her post was in response to journalist Julie Burchill who has herself been widely denounced for posting: “What a missed opportunity. They could have called it Georgina Floydina!”

The comment references George Floyd, who was murdered by police officer Derek Chauvin in Minneapolis just over a year ago.

His death sparked a worldwide movement against systematic racism as well as public condemnation from the Sussexes.

Toch quickly apologised for the insensitive reply, writing in a follow-up tweet: "I am very sorry for the comment and what I saw was a joke.

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"I've fought during my professional life against racism which is abhorrent.

"I'm not a judge and I have children of colour and I apologise unreservedly."

Her Twitter account has since been deleted and she has been suspended from her position at law firm the Family Law Cafe.

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Toch is herself the founder of FLC, and the decision was reportedly made by its board of directors.

On Monday the company issued a statement reading: "Family Law Cafe (FLC) has suspended Joanna Toch with immediate effect pending an internal review into her recent comments on Twitter.

"FLC considers her comments as offensive, unacceptable and highly contradictory to the inclusive manner in which FLC always and will continue to work with members of all communities in managing the challenges of matrimonial and family disputes."

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