WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange will marry fiancee Stella Morris in Belmarsh prison on March 23

Julian Assange’s fiancée has spoken of her joy at being allowed to marry the WikiLeaks founder despite restrictions being placed on their wedding.

Stella Moris, 38, will marry the 50-year-old in Belmarsh Prison, south east London on March 23, just weeks before the third anniversary of his dramatic arrest when he was dragged out of the Ecuadorian embassy in the capital in April 2019.

He has been held in the high-security jail ever since as he fights extradition to the United States, where he is wanted over an alleged conspiracy to obtain and disclose national defence information following WikiLeaks’ publication of hundreds of thousands of leaked documents relating to the Afghanistan and Iraq wars.

He has always denied wrongdoing and has won support for his case from human rights organisations and journalist groups across the world.

Ms Moris said that just four guests and two witnesses will be allowed to attend the ceremony, as well as two security guards.

Dame Vivienne Westwood is designing Ms Moris’s wedding dress, and a kilt for Assange, whose parents are of Scottish extraction. 

Stella Moris, 38, (right) will marry 50-year-old Julian Assange (left) in Belmarsh Prison, south east London on March 23, just weeks before the third anniversary of his dramatic arrest when he was dragged out of the Ecuadorian embassy in the capital in April 2019

The guests will have to leave immediately after the event, even though it is being held during normal visiting hours.

The couple are still waiting to hear if they will be allowed a photographer. 

Ms Moris said: ‘Obviously we are very excited, even though the circumstances are very restrictive.

‘There continues to be unjustified interference in our plans. Having a photographer for an hour is not an unreasonable request.

‘All the guests and witnesses must leave as soon as the ceremony is over, even though that will be before normal visiting time ends.

Ms Moris said that just four guests and two witnesses will be allowed to attend the ceremony, as well as two security guards. Dame Vivienne Westwood is designing Ms Moris’s wedding dress, and a kilt for Assange, whose parents are of Scottish extraction

‘Julian is looking forward to the wedding because it is finally happening, many months after we first made the request.’

Ms Moris, who spoke to Assange on Sunday, added: ‘He is being held on behalf of a foreign power and has not been charged with anything, which is completely disgraceful.’

The couple finally registered to marry in November last year, having previously accused the prison governor and Justice Secretary Dominic Raab of working to prevent the ceremony going ahead. 

After visiting him in Belmarsh Prison, she said in November: ‘Today Julian and I are finally registering our intention to marry here inside Belmarsh prison. We were originally booked to do so three weeks ago.

Assange has been held in the high-security jail since April 2019 as he fights extradition to the United States, where he is wanted over an alleged conspiracy to obtain and disclose national defence information following WikiLeaks' publication of hundreds of thousands of leaked documents

Assange has been held in the high-security jail since April 2019 as he fights extradition to the United States, where he is wanted over an alleged conspiracy to obtain and disclose national defence information following WikiLeaks’ publication of hundreds of thousands of leaked documents 

‘Of course, the circumstances are not ideal but I am relieved that reason has prevailed and I hope there will be no further interference with our marriage.

‘In the UK everyone who is old enough, no matter who they are or where they are from, has a basic human right to get married to whom they choose.

‘This right is written into law. Julian is not charged with any crime in this country, he is not serving a sentence, his imprisonment serves no purpose at all other than to prolong and make his suffering worse.

‘I hope the injustice of this situation is swiftly brought to an end so that we can enjoy marriage outside of the walls of Belmarsh when he is freed.’

The couple have been engaged for several years and have been trying to get married despite the legal action. 

The couple finally registered to marry in November last year, having previously accused the prison governor and Justice Secretary Dominic Raab of working to prevent the ceremony going ahead (Stella Moris pictured outside the Royal Courts of Justice following the appeal against Assange's extradition in London in January)

The couple finally registered to marry in November last year, having previously accused the prison governor and Justice Secretary Dominic Raab of working to prevent the ceremony going ahead (Stella Moris pictured outside the Royal Courts of Justice following the appeal against Assange’s extradition in London in January)

Ms Moris said of the news after speaking to Assange on Sunday: 'Julian is looking forward to the wedding because it is finally happening, many months after we first made the request' (Ms Moris pictured outside the Royal Courts of Justice following the appeal against Assange's extradition in London in January)

Ms Moris said of the news after speaking to Assange on Sunday: ‘Julian is looking forward to the wedding because it is finally happening, many months after we first made the request’ (Ms Moris pictured outside the Royal Courts of Justice following the appeal against Assange’s extradition in London in January)

Assange secretly fathered his two sons while holed up in the Ecuadorian embassy in London.

The 50-year-old had entered the building in 2012 to avoid extradition to Sweden to face sex offence allegations, which he has always denied and were eventually dropped. 

Gabriel and Max were conceived with Ms Moris while their father was hiding out to avoid extradition to America, where he faces espionage charges over the leaking of thousands of classified US intelligence documents. 

Mr Assange is wanted in the US on allegations of a conspiracy to obtain and disclose national defence information following WikiLeaks’s publication of hundreds of thousands of leaked documents relating to the Afghanistan and Iraq wars. 

He has been held in Belmarsh Prison since 2019 after he was carried out of the Ecuadorian embassy by police before being arrested for breaching his bail conditions.