Julie Burchill, 61, a journalist for the influential British Daily Telegraph newspaper, was fired from her job after she left a comment on Twitter about the name of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s newborn daughter, Lilibeth Diana. This was reported Wednesday, June 9, by The Sun.
Burchill opined that Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle missed an opportunity to name the child Georgina Floydina. Burchill thus alluded to African-American George Floyd, who was killed by a police officer in May 2020. Twitter users didn’t appreciate the journalist’s joke. After a wave of criticism against Burchill, she was forced to delete her profile from the social network.
In turn, the management of the Daily Telegraph considered such a statement of the employee of the publication, where she worked for five years, racist.
Thus edition of the Daily Mail reports that the 59-year-old London lawyer Joanna Toch also lost her job. The woman wrote on Twitter in response to Burchill’s remark. Toch asked the reporter, “Not Doria? Black names don’t matter?” Toch was referring to African-American Doria Ragland, Markle’s mother. Whereupon Burchill replied, “I was hoping for Doria Oprah, you racist creeps.”
Toch, who was once a member of Britain’s Olympic rowing team, apologized and deleted her social media account. At the same time, the firm where Toch works promised an “internal investigation” during which she was suspended from her professional duties.