Dating and marriage customs in portugal Chaturika piris
A variant is that both meet outside of the home environment (before or after the declaration) without immediately recognizing each other.
Maybe they ran away from home entirely, only to happily embrace "a fellow in misery" — and commiserate about their bossy parents.
It is akin to a matchmaking service, and the couple will generally have some sort of courtship before tying the knot, and it's very rare for someone to be forced to marry a person they despise.
Even a Gold Digger would want a decent relationship if for no other reason than to help in securing the knot.
It's not a violation of free will if both to get married, after all.
Both in fiction and in Real Life, royal children (sons as well as daughters) were used as pawns in the political game cementing alliances and peace treaties with their marriages.Eventually, once they recognize one another, their shared common ground helps them fall in love.Sometimes this perfectly arranged marriage doesn't come about randomly, but intentionally by parents, like a Batman Gambit scenario.In other cultures however, especially feudal societies, marriages would be struck between noble houses to secure alliances, build power, get closer to the throne, etc.In cases like this, the couple's individual romantic tastes are a very low priority, as they see the marriage as a duty to their families.