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Lawyer Joanna Toch from Tunbridge Wells suspended from Family Law Cafe after 'offensive' tweets about name of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's baby Lilibet

A barrister from Tunbridge Wells has been suspended from her own company after posting tweets deemed 'offensive' and 'unacceptable' about the name of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's daughter.

Soon after the Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced the new arrivals name as Lilibet 'Lili' Diana Mountbatten-Windsor to honour the Queen and Princess Diana, Joanna Toch posted a comment which appears to mock the black lives matter movement.

The tweets between Julie Burchill and Joanna Toch
The tweets between Julie Burchill and Joanna Toch

The 59-year-old said: "No Doria? Don't black names matter?"

Doria Ragland is the name of Meghan Markle’s mother.

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

The comment refers to George Floyd who was murdered in Minneapolis last year by police officer Derek Chauvin sparking worldwide protests about systematic racism.

Ms Toch, who founded Family Law Cafe (FLC) in 2014, has since been suspended by the board of trustees at her company with immediate effect while they conduct an 'internal review'.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex. Picture: Steve Parsons/PA Wire
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex. Picture: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

Before her Twitter account was deleted, Ms Toch apologised for the remarks she considered 'a joke'.

She added: "I am very sorry for the comment and what I saw was a joke.

"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."

In a statement, the board of directors at the firm said: "FLC Limited 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 has always and will continue to work with members of all communities in managing the challenges of matrimonial and family disputes."

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