Jeremy Clarkson hits back as barrister suspended for Meghan and Harry baby name joke

Jeremy Clarkson hits back as barrister suspended for Meghan and Harry baby name joke

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Jeremy Clarkson, 61, has never been afraid to speak his mind and he has now hit back at cancel culture as he defended barrister Joanna Toch. The latter was suspended from duty after she tweeted Meghan Markle and Prince Harry should have named their baby daughter “Doprah” – an amalgamation of the names Doria – after the ex-actress’ mother – and Oprah, in honour of their famous friend Oprah Winfrey.

The motor star has said he “can’t see what’s wrong” with the comment from Joanna, as he also claimed Sunday Telegraph columnist Julie Burchill had been “axed” for taking part in the conversation.

Jeremy had typed how a “barrister called Joanna Toch” had been suspended from her law firm after she went on Twitter “suggesting that the Markles should have named their new girl child Doprah, an amalgamation of the names Doria and Oprah”.

He continued in his The Times column: “Nope I can’t see what’s wrong with that either. But it turns out that the Sunday Telegraph columnist Julie Burchill has also been axed, for taking part in the conversation with Ms Toch.”

Miss Burchill was criticised for described the naming of the baby, Lilibet Diana, as a “missed opportunity”, adding: “They could have called it Georgina Floydina”. 

This was a reference to George Floyd, whose murder by US police officer Derek Chauvin in Minnesota in May 2020 led to worldwide protests against racism.

In reply to Miss Burchill’s remark, Miss Toch referred to Meghan’s mother Doria Ragland and wrote: ‘No Doria? Don’t black names matter?’

Miss Burchill wrote back: “I was hoping for Doria Oprah, the racist rotters.”

In was in reference to chat show star Oprah, who hosted Harry and Meghan’s bombshell interview in March and Harry’s Apple TV+ series on mental health last month.

The family law barrister then replied: “Doprah?”

However after a furious backlash erupted online, Miss Toch apologised “unreservedly” and said she herself had “children of colour”. 

Before deleting her Twitter account, she wrote: “I am very sorry for the comment and what I saw as a joke. 

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“I’ve fought during my professional life against racism which is abhorrent.”

But her company Family Law Cafe then said it had suspended her “pending an internal review” into the remarks.

A statement from the Family Law Cafe board of directors stated: “Family Law Cafe 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 the communities in managing the challenges of matrimonial and family disputes.”

While Miss Burchill claimed she had been “sacked” from her role at the Telegraph.

But a source at the Telegraph told MailOnline it was wrong to say Miss Burchill had been sacked, because she was not a member of staff and not on a freelance contract.

They added that she was a “contributor” and it would be wrong to “infer” she would not be used in this capacity again.

A representative for Miss Burchill and Miss Toch has been contacted by Express.co.uk.

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