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Telegraph Columnist Fired after Racist Tweet about Meghan Markle & Prince Harry's Daughter Lilibet's Name

Lois Oladejo
Jun 10, 2021
04:06 P.M.
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Julie Burchill, a Telegraph columnist who suggested Prince Harry and Meghan Markle name their newborn daughter Georgina Floydina, has lost her job.

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On Sunday, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced the birth of their second child and first daughter, Lillibet Diana. Many congratulatory messages and reactions trailed the couple's announcement.

One of those to react to the royal baby news was Julie Burchill, a columnist at British tabloid, Telegraph. Burchill suggested Harry and Meghan Markle possibly missed the opportunity to name their daughter Georgina Floydina.

Prince Harry and actress Meghan Markle at an official photocall to announce their engagement at The Sunken Gardens at Kensington Palace on November 27, 2017. | Photo: Getty Images

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"Georgina Floydina" refers to George Floyd, the 46-year-old black man who met his death at the hands of the now-convicted police officer Derek Chauvin.

Floyd's death sparked multiple "Black Lives Matter" protests around the world amid the COVID-19 pandemic, with many people going into the streets to speak against racial discrimination and injustice.

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Hence, Burchill's tweet sparked multiple reactions, with many people viewing it as racist. Such reactions may have forced Telegraph to relieve her of her duties.

Multiple reports and publications indicated that Telegraph fired Burchill, and she confirmed it herself with a post she made on her Facebook page on June 8.

These revelations raise questions about Burchill's claims of being fired.

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In the post, Burchill revealed the Telegraph had fired her. She further said it had been a lovely five years working with them, and she would always be grateful.

The journalist further said she had moaned to her husband recently about the tabloid rejecting her "edgy" column ideas and giving her more pedestrian columns, which she did remarkably.

She also shared her archive, an article she wrote about her pride in the human race reaching a fever pitch. In the article, Burchill narrated how she was overwhelmed with love for humanity at large while queuing for her second vaccine.

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Despite Burchill's claim of being sacked by the Telegraph, a source close to the tabloid mentioned that she was not fired as she was never its staff.

The source also explained that Burchill was a Telegraph contributor and added that the tabloid had not ruled out the possibility of working with her again in the future.

HuffPost reporter, Carly Ledbetter, tweeted screenshots of Burchill's reactionary tweet about Lillibet's naming and noted that she had deleted her Twitter account.

However, Ledbetter also observed that her author page still existed on Telegraph's website. These revelations raise questions about Burchill's claims of being fired.

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