On June 4, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle welcomed Lilibet, their second child. Since her birth, the name of the one that the newspapers already nickname “Lili” caused a lot of talk. Lilibet being a nickname given to Queen Elizabeth II by Prince Philip, this first name is seen as a tribute from Prince Harry to his grandmother. Her middle name is Diana, like Prince Harry’s mother. While the media was only talking about it in England, journalist Julie Burchill wrote a tweet where she said: “What a missed opportunity. They could have called it Georgina Floydina”. This tweet is a reference to the African-American origins of Meghan Markle but also to George Floyd, killed by a police officer in the United States in May 2020.
Meghan Markle had also reacted shortly after the facts by saying in particular: “I realized that the only bad thing was to say nothing. George Floyd’s life counted, and many other people whose names we know and whose name we do not know “. The fact that Julie Burchill calls the baby “it” and the racist nature of her tweet were widely denounced and the columnist closed her Twitter account shortly after. Two days later, she announced on her Facebook page that The Telegraph, with whom she often collaborated, was stopping working with her: “I was fired by The Telegraph. It was five very good years and I always will be. grateful to them. On the other hand, I would be lying if I said that I had not often regretted the fact that they reject my ideas of controversial chronicles to give me more consensual, which I have succeeded magnificently anyway “.
Lilibet: Julie Burchill does not apologize for her tweet
Julie Burchill therefore does not mention her tweet and has so far not posted any apology. This is not the first time that she has found herself in turmoil since she has built her celebrity with controversies of the same kind. She is renowned across the Channel for her very controversial columns in which she directly attacks celebrities. She had notably declared during the 25 years of the death of John Lennon: “I do not remember where I was but I was really happy that he died”. In March of this year, she had to apologize after claiming that journalist Ash Sarkar encouraged pedophilia before liking Facebook posts that called for the suicide of the young woman.
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