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A barrister has been suspended from the legal business she founded after being accused of making racist comments about the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's new baby.
Barrister Joanna Toch made the remarks on Twitter in an exchange with Telegraph journalist, Julie Burchill, as they commented on the Sussexes' naming their baby Lilibet Diana.
"What a missed opportunity. They could have called it Georgina Floydina," wrote Burchill.
"No Doria? Don't black names matter?" responded Toch, referring to the name of Meghan's mother.
"I was hoping for Doria Oprah," commented Burchill; to which Toch replied "Doprah?"
The tweets drew immediate condemnation and calls for her to be reported to the Bar Standards Board. "This is an open forum from a practising and highly regarded family barrister. Appalling and exhausting," wrote @legally_lola.
Toch posted a repentant message in response to the backlash: “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." She added, "I have children of colour and I apologise unreservedly.” Her Twitter account was then deleted.
The Family Law Bar said, "Comments on Twitter about the Sussex’s newborn baby have been brought to our attention. As one of the individuals is a member of the Family Bar we have written to the individual and are referring the exchanges to the BSB, the Bar Council and other relevant bodies".
Chastising Toch, the association said, "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’."
Toch founded the Family Law Cafe (FLC) in 2017, along with solicitor Peter Tahany.
In an apparent attempt to distance itself from half of its directorship, a statement from FLC's 'board of directors' said that it had "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 challenges of matrimonial and family disputes."