I have felt really since the PT had been coming out that it would have made far more sense for Padme to have been a fellow Jedi Anakin met along the way. Their love story would have made far more sense if people knew that they had been around eachother a lot during those ten years between TPM and AOTC. Even if the scenes in the movie were still as poorly written as they were in the movie we got we would have still been able to buy into them being as attached and attracted to eachother as they were because we would have known they had basically been growing up together these past ten years. After all nobody questions how Obi Wan could have been as attached to Anakin as he was because they knew they had spent a lot of time together over those ten years inbetween the movies. But I guess since Leia was a princess in Lucas's mind he thought he should make her mom a queen/senator.