KEY POINTS

  • Joanna Toch was suspended over comments she made about the name of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s new baby
  • The company she founded, Family Law Cafe, said her comments were "offensive" and "unacceptable"
  • Toch later apologized, and her social media account and her posts have since been deleted

A lawyer in England, U.K. has been suspended from the firm she founded allegedly over comments she made about the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s new baby, Lilibet "Lili" Diana Mountbatten-Windsor, who was born Friday and named after Queen Elizabeth II's family nickname and the late Princess Diana.

London-based Family Law Cafe (FLC) suspended its founder, barrister Joanna Toch, following an internal review of her recent posts on social media platform Twitter, the company said in a statement released Tuesday.

In an online exchange with columnist Julie Burchill commenting on the name of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's newborn, Toch said, "No Doria? Don't black names matter?" British legal magazine The Law Society Gazette reported. The lawyer's remarks reportedly referred to the Duchess of Sussex's mother, Doria Ragland.

Burchill's post, which also got her fired from her position in British newspaper The Telegraph, stated, "What a missed opportunity. They could have called it Georgina Floydina," as per The Independent.

"[The firm] considers [Toch's] 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," the FLC said in the statement.

Toch apologized for her remarks Sunday, saying in a post, "I am very sorry for the comment and what I saw as a joke. I’ve fought during my professional life against racism which is abhorrent. I’m not a judge and I have children of color and I apologize unreservedly."  

The lawyer's user account and posts on the social media site have since been deleted.

The Family Law Bar Association, an organization formed by barristers practicing family law, responded to Toch's remarks Tuesday with a post that stated, "We make it clear that FLBA condemns the comments by the individual which are completely inappropriate and have no place in our society. Racism of any kind cannot be tolerated and cannot be justified as a ‘joke’."

windsor-castle-2755009_1920 Representation. Family Law Cafe suspended its founder, barrister Joanna Toch over comments she made about the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s new baby. Photo: Pixabay