Emily Nash is the Royal Correspondent at HELLO! Magazine. She lives in southwest London with her husband, three-year-old son and newborn daughter.
Congratulations on welcoming beautiful baby Elin! How does it feel to be a mum of 2?
Amazing and a little scary! I feel very, very lucky to have two healthy children. Now I just need to work out how to keep them both happy at the same time!
Can we take a sec to talk about your amazing job? … What is it like to be the royal correspondent at Hello! Magazine?
It’s a dream job. I get to witness some incredible and unique events and travel to some very interesting places all over the world, while working for Britain’s best celebrity magazine. I’m also very fortunate to have brilliant, kind and supportive colleagues.
Do you have any funny stories involving the royals that you can share with us?
There are so many funny moments that occur during engagements and especially on Royal Tours, but one that sticks out was last year in Palm Beach, Florida, when a canopy full of rainwater collapsed on top of me and a Palace aide during Prince Harry’s Sentebale Polo Cup match. I tried to dry off before dinner and thought I’d got away with it, only for the Prince to tease me about it as soon as he arrived at the venue!
What about best career moments? There must be so many to choose from!
Visiting places across the globe you might never normally see is an immense privilege, and something I’ve been fortunate to do throughout my career. I used to be a National Newspaper reporter and the two stories I most enjoyed covering were the London 2012 Olympics and the 2010 Chilean mine rescue operation. Now I am lucky enough to watch the Royal Family at work and see the really positive effects they have on the people they meet.
We see from your Instagram that you’ve met Prince Harry. What was that like?
I think everyone has a soft spot for Prince Harry – he’s a great guy and he’s doing some really important work through his charities and the brilliant Invictus Games for wounded and injured servicemen and women. I’ve been on many of his overseas tours and it’s great to see him in action. He has a really natural rapport with people and is very passionate about getting his message across.
Have you had the chance to meet any of the other royals? Are Prince George and Princess Charlotte really that adorable in real life?
I have been lucky enough to meet many members of the Royal Family, including the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Charles, the Duchess of Cornwall and the Countess of Wessex. I’ve been watching Prince George and Princess Charlotte grow up since waiting outside the Lindo Wing for them both to arrive! Last year I joined them and their parents on tour for the first time as a family of four in Canada. Seeing them come down the steps of the aeroplane together was a particularly sweet moment. They are incredibly cute!
What about The Duchess of Cambridge? Did you take any maternity styling tips from her?
I was actually expecting my son when Prince George was born – they are three months apart, so like the rest of the media, I waited outside the Lindo Wing for weeks, with my six-month bump in tow. I think I first looked up Seraphine after seeing the Duchess wear the brand. I didn’t manage to keep wearing heels for quite as long as she did though!
With such a high profile job you must have to maintain a smart working wardrobe. How did you manage through pregnancy?
I basically lived in Seraphine clothing from the point where I started to show! I stocked up on maternity dresses for daytime and evening events at the Palace or elsewhere and a few more relaxed styles for the weekend. I found the styles really flattering and easy to wear but smart enough to take me anywhere.
Emily wears a Seraphine maternity dress to interview famous shoe designer Jimmy Choo
Do you have any styling tips for other expectant mums?
Dresses are so easy to style up or down for work or play – I loved the black maternity dress that comes in the bump kit because it’s so versatile and flattering – just add a colourful scarf and shoes or bag and head out. If you’re planning to breastfeed, it’s worth picking up pieces that you can keep wearing afterwards too.
What were your favourite Seraphine styles?
The polka dot blouse and ¾ sleeved striped nursing top. I also loved the spotted Florette dress and Luxury black Maternity Dress, which I felt great in! I’m now planning to stock up on the nursing range, which has some great pieces for the summer.
We are confiscating your makeup bag! You get to keep 3 essential beauty products – what do you choose?
Only three?! It would have to be my Laura Mercier tinted moisturiser, Kevin Aucoin brow pencil and my lifesaver at the moment is the Lansinoh HPA Lanolin cream, which is great as a lip balm and always in my bag. I am relying on quite a few more products than that to help disguise the lack of sleep at the moment though!
For more from Emily, follow her on Instagram @emilynashhello