Piers Morgan has apologised for breaking Covid rules after he climbed into a taxi without wearing a face mask. 

Morgan was pictured with his wife Celia Walden on Saturday night in London where current Covid rules state that masks must be worn inside taxis or private hire vehicles. Failure to do so could result in a fine. And while Walden could be seen wearing her mask, Morgan appeared to be without.

The Good Morning presenter addressed the incident on-air this morning. He said: "As I pulled away I realised what I had done - I had forgotten my mask. I do think masks matter and I got caught without one.

"I had two [masks] in my pockets but I was chatting to the paps!"

Morgan also tweeted on Sunday morning, apologising for his mistake. 

"I put my mask on seconds after this pic was taken, as the cab moved off.. I should have done it before I got in but ironically, I was chatting to the paparazzi & I forgot," he wrote.

"It was outside in the street. Ironically, the paparazzi were telling me they've been having a tough time financially during the pandemic. Looks I've been able to help them out today with my few seconds of forgetfulness. So, every cloud etc.

"I did breach Covid rules for a few seconds by forgetting to put my mask on before I got in the cab. Fortunately, I remembered as we pulled away & put it on. Masks help save lives, so it's very important we all remember to wear them when we should."

When a follower told him he was making excuses" Morgan responded: "I haven't made an excuse, I just explained what happened. I'm guilty as charged. For a few seconds, I was a Covidiot & I deserve the full wrath of Twitter hell to now descend on me."