Prudence Harding was the eldest daughter of the Harding family. Born in a peasant family, she had no reason to have an arranged marriage, so she had the freedom to marry for love. When John, Duke of Cambridge, a nephew to Edward VI, arrived in her village in diguise to visit a local brothel, her brown hair and bright blue eyes captivated him. He changed his plans and spent his time with Prudence. As Prudence tried to return home, John revealed himself, and inquired if she would marry him. Although she had no dower, she was accepted by the royal family because of her virtous nature. She was notablely snubbed by the Princess of Wales for being low born. When people called her a social climber Princess Sophia remarked, "If Prudence is a social climber she should've aimed higher and married my brother". Queen Isabella affectionately called her, "Prune".