Journalist, television personality and friend of the stars, Piers Morgan has spoken about being raised a Catholic and that “probably like everybody else”, there are particular times “when I feel like I need a prayer”, but says that he's "always tried to do the right thing".
Talking to the BBC’s Amol Rajan on 11 May, Piers Morgan adds that “there is a not a lot” he feels guilty about.
His comments come in the week that the Duke of Sussex commenced another court case for press intrusion, this time involving Reach plc (formerly Mirror Group Newspapers) for alleged unlawful information gathering. Part of Harry’s evidence is expected to take aim at Piers Morgan, who was editor of the Mirror at the time of some of the allegations.
Speaking to the BBC, Morgan says, “I’ve come up short a few times like everybody. I don’t believe in looking back too much or being too regretful about things.”
The television interview covers Piers Morgan’s career and personal life. In it, Amol Rajan explores everything from Morgan’s career in papers and hacking allegations, to the divisive media figure’s belief in God.
Morgan describes his sackings, being punched by Jeremy Clarkson, the former presenter of 'Top Gear', and his role ‘as someone on the centre-left’ in the culture wars.
“What’s happened is that the woke side of the left have gone so nuts that it makes even to my mind reasonable people like me with reasonable opinions, who are liberal about many things, … wake up”, he tells Rajan.
Morgan is a Catholic, thanks largely to his mother, and describes the importance of her influence on him. “The unconditional love of one parent can be enough to propel people to great things”, he tells the BBC. “My mother has been an unbelievable rock in my life. There’s no question”, he continues.
Morgan has gone on record previously about his Catholicism, in 2017 he told the Financial Times, “I don’t go to confession, probably because it would take me too long”.
At the time he told the paper he did have a belief in life after death, saying: “I do believe in an afterlife. I do believe that people who meant a lot to me are up there looking down and I do believe if I talk directly to them they might help me. And it’s been quite effective“.
Explaining more to Amol Rajan, the BBC's Media Editor, Morgan continues “I do believe in learning from things. I do believe in evolving. I don’t really regret stuff. Regret is a wasted energy. There’s nothing you can do about it”, he adds.
“The key thing is that you’ve got to learn from your mistakes. Always try and be better than you were yesterday”, he says.
“You can’t change what you’ve done but you can change what you do going forward”, he explained.