Emily Andrea says Princess and Junior helped with her nerves at Pride of Britain Awards

Emily Andrea has praised her "polite" stepchildren Princess, 14, and Junior, 16.

The NHS doctor and her husband Peter Andre attended the Daily Mirror Pride of Britain Awards with the teenagers, and Emily admits it was "great" to have them by her side as she gets "nervous" at red carpet events.

Writing in her exclusive weekly OK! magazine column, Emily, 32, also opens up about meeting Azaylia Cain's "lovely" mum Safiyya Vorajee at the awards ceremony. Read Emily's full column below…

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WE WERE BEYOND PROUD AT EMOTIONAL AWARDS NIGHT

Pete and I loved attending the Daily Mirror Pride Of Britain Awards. It was such
an emotional yet uplifting evening.

We thought it would be a good thing to do with the kids and it was a really nice experience for them. It was great for them to see and meet so many amazing people.

I get nervous before red carpet events, so it was great to have the kids there.

Everyone was praising them and they were so polite. It was lovely for them to feel special, and they really did look grown-up.

I wore a beautiful sequinned dress from Julita, which I loved.

We had a little girl called Harmonie-Rose at our table, who won the Child of Courage award for her fundraising.

We chatted all night. She’s such a bright spark and a true inspiration. She’s the same age as Millie, so I was telling her about her. I’m hoping they’ll get to meet one day.

It was also lovely to meet Azaylia Cain’s mum Safiyya Vorajee. It was so nice to be able to tell her in person how I have followed her journey.

I’ve always admired her strength in sharing Azaylia’s story. Hopefully we’ll keep
in touch as she’s doing some work with her foundation for Azaylia and I’d love to
get involved.

There was also a lot of talk about the NHS, and the team that created the AstraZeneca Covid vaccine won an award.

It was really emotional seeing members of the team gaining so much recognition for their incredible work. Having worked on the frontline during the pandemic, I felt such an appreciation for them.

Overall, it was a brilliant evening and amazing to celebrate all the winners.

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LEIGH-ANNE KEEPS MUM

Singer Leigh-Anne Pinnock has revealed she is going to keep her twins’ genders and names to herself.

To me, any information like that is private and how much of it you choose to share is completely up to you.

Leigh-Anne is not alone in this. Plenty of people in the public eye decide not to share their children’s genders, names or faces.

There is such a spectrum of how much you can share about your kids, from nothing at all to their whole lives.

I would never be judgmental about what degree of information people decide to share about themselves or their children because it’s their right to choose what feels right for them.

Leigh-Anne could also change her mind in the future, which is absolutely fine too.

Sometimes your point of view does change over time, and in this case as the kids get older they might have their own views too.

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MASKING OUR MISTAKES

World leaders and members of the royal family were criticised for not wearing face masks at a VIP event at COP26 in Glasgow.

Scottish Covid rules state that face coverings should be worn at all indoor locations.

Essentially, if the rules state they should be wearing a mask inside then they should be.
And ideally, those who make the rules ought to stick to them and set an example.

At the same time, it can be difficult to keep up with what the rules are in different places, and politicians are only human.

I’m sure it wasn’t done intentionally or maliciously – and everyone makes mistakes. Hopefully no harm comes from it.

I’m sure there have been times when we’ve all forgotten to wear a mask. I recently took the kids to get their eyes tested.

I forgot it was a medical setting and I needed to wear one, so we all get caught out sometimes. Luckily I always carry a mask with me just in case.

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