Piers Morgan celebrated his long-awaited return to a London pub after taking his summer break in St Tropez off.
The Good Morning Britain presenter, 55, returned to the UK early to avoid the mandatory two-week quarantine that had been introduced for those returning from France, and took to Instagram to share a preview of his “first pint in five months”.
It comes after Piers’ wife Celia also revealed that they were broken into by thieves who invaded their room while they were staying in their luxurious French villa.
‘First pint in five months’: Piers Morgan celebrated his long-awaited comeback in a London pub after interrupting his summer vacation in St Tropez
Settling into his first beer, at the Scarsdale Tavern in Kensington, Piers captioned his post: “First pint in 5 months @ scarsdalew8. Great to be back, with a beer and a helping hand.
The broadcaster returned from the UK last week to avoid having to quarantine itself for 14 days before it could return to work on GMB in September.
On Monday, Piers’ wife, Celia, attacked the “depraved and despicable” culprits who targeted their holiday home on the French Riviera on Thursday.
Shocked: The Good Morning Britain presenter returned to the UK, as his wife Celia (pictured in February) revealed they had been robbed by thieves at a luxury French villa
Trespassing: Celia attacked ‘depraved and contemptible’ culprits who targeted their holiday home (pictured) on the French Riviera on Thursday – the last day of the family’s vacation
She said the burglars managed to get inches from her and Piers as they slept, grabbing a purse next to her bed that they raided for money.
The thieves also took handfuls of jewelry from a box they threw in the living room, fleeing upon hearing the couple’s alarms sound at 6 a.m.
Celia said she snoozed the alarm until 6:15 a.m. when she got up and found out what had happened, missing the thieves by just 15 minutes.
“Knowing how much worse things could have been if we had woken up to find intruders in our room put things in perspective when it came to figuring out what had been taken,” she wrote. in the Daily Telegraph.
“They had stolen all the money they could find, down to a few pounds that I hadn’t spent at Heathrow on my way out, but left the credit cards and my driver’s license.
Security: The journalist, married to Piers, 55, for ten years, said she woke up to find the room (pictured before the break-in) was in disarray
“I felt a depressing sense of violation in my stomach at the actions of these depraved and despicable inhuman beings.
The thieves are believed to have used a drone to explore the property before the raid, with police revealing to the couple that this is now a common tactic.
Celia said her husband, Piers, who she had been married to for ten years, spotted one hovering over their backyard a week earlier.
Police also revealed to the couple that thieves are no longer targeting cards and technology – like the couple’s laptops and phones – because they are too easy to trace.
Instead, they are targeting cash and jewelry, hoping to snatch high-end watches and diamonds.
Celia joked that the burglars would have left disappointed, having taken jewelry that had sentimental value to her – but little monetary value.
She said they left with a ring Piers gave her on their fifth wedding anniversary, a vintage Pucci cuff she bought at an Los Angeles market, and earrings she bought in Edgware Road with her first book advance.
Increase: Agents said the summer season sees a sharp increase in break-ins on the French Riviera as criminals target wealthy vacationers (Piers pictured alongside his sons Spencer and Stanley in the luxury villa)
Officers said the summer season sees a sharp increase in burglaries on the French Riviera as criminals target wealthy vacationers.
Other celebrities who have been burgled in the area include Trinny Woodall, Patrick Viera and Richard Hammond.
In July 2016, Abbey Clancy revealed her terror of coming face to face with two burglars who broke into her plush pillow in the south of France.
She had been at the villa with a friend at the time because her husband Peter Crouch was working as a Euro 2016 football expert in Paris.
Abbey told the Mirror: “I had these two fat guys in my room, they were right in front of me. But I screamed so much that I scared them.
Return: It comes after Piers joked that he and his family were ‘quarantine crooks’ as they interrupted the trip to return to the UK on Thursday before France’s airlift was cut
“It was absolutely terrifying, it was one of the worst things that ever happened. It was so horrible. Things like these happen to people all the time.
“But when it really happens to you, you can’t believe it.
And in August 2015, Jenson Button and his then-wife Jessica were gassed while sleeping during a raid on their French villa.
The couple were with friends in St Tropez when thieves broke in and stole valuables worth £ 300,000, including Ms Button’s engagement ring estimated to be worth £ 250,000.
It has been claimed that the Formula 1 driver and his wife were stunned by gasoline pumped into the house by air conditioning units.
They added that Button and his friends were not disturbed during the raid because the effects of the gas gave the burglars “carte blanche”.
Vacation: Piers made the most of his time on the French Riviera by meeting famous faces including Amanda Holden (pictured) and Joan Collins
Meanwhile, the Morgan family have made a last-minute comeback to the villa house in St Tropez to avoid the UK’s new quarantine rules.
The Good Morning Britain presenter has interrupted his hiatus to ensure he returns to the UK before the government implements a new two-week quarantine rule.
He tweeted on Monday evening that he would return to Good Morning Britain on September 1.
And that night, he shared a photo of himself having a pint at his favorite locale, arguably happy to be home.
Piers – who has children Spencer, 27, Stanley, 23, Albert, 19, and Elise, eight – posted an image of himself and two of his sons on Instagram when they returned on Thursday.
He captioned the photo: “The quarantine crooks… #France #LeGreatEscape @ spencermorgan93 @ Bertie_Morgan11 (sic)”
Since Piers returned home, the government has confirmed its intention to introduce a 14-day isolation requirement for people arriving from France.
France was added to the UK’s quarantine list on Thursday in a blow to tens of thousands of British holidaymakers, as ministers ordered travelers returning from the popular destination to self-isolate for 14 days.
Quarantine arrived at 4 a.m. on Saturday.
Pals: The TV personality said he went to dinner with Joan at least three times during the trip to St Tropez, joking “she can’t get enough of me”
John Keefe, the director of public affairs for channel tunnel operator Getlink, warned that the services’ capacity was “very limited” throughout this month.
France recorded 2,669 new cases of coronavirus yesterday, against 2,524 last Wednesday. This is a record figure for the nation since it emerged from the lockdown.
The revised rules saw the Netherlands, Monaco and Malta added to the quarantine list – and Portugal remains there, along with Spain.
The Turks and Caicos Islands and Aruba in the Caribbean have also lost their place.
The move came after Boris Johnson said the UK would be ‘ruthless’ when it comes to travel in quarantine, even with his ‘closest and dearest friends’.
Meanwhile, Piers recently announced plans to publish a new book Wake Up, which deals with the ‘war on free speech’
Piers – who has more than seven million Twitter followers – wrote on the platform: “BREAKING: I am delighted to announce my new book: ‘WAKE UP – Why the’ liberal ‘war on free speech is still more dangerous than Covid-19 ”.
‘Released on October 15 in hardback, ebook and audiobook read by me. (sic) “The book is published by Harper Collins, and is touted as a ‘rallying cry’ for unity and ‘free speech’.