More and more I’m starting to think that Shuli von Neuschwanstein (the pink haired lady above) is actually an abandoned princess. Here me out, okay?
We see her mother and brother in color a few times over different chapters. In fact, in chapter 31 we see them all together, one after another:
And they do look alike–we see pink hair, green eyes… but that’s kind of it, isn’t it?
We know that pink isn’t exactly an “off” color given how no one mentions it except as a descriptor of blonde-pink/red color (depending on translation) and how frequently we are introduced to red-heads. Green is also a fairly consistent and regular eye color seen in the work, among the Neuschwanstein and other families.
Their nose shapes, eye shapes too. Now some of you may think that its because she takes more after her father–but even if she might look a lot like the mysterious and missing image of the father in that family there is a pretty obvious family that she looks more like in the work.
Who, you might be asking (though I doubt it)?
The Imperial Family. She actually looks almost like a photocopy of the former empress:
She also looks a bit like the prince looking again at the shape of their noses, eyes:
Added atop that is the prince’s cryptic statements to his father about visiting the Neuschwanstein’s household:
As well as the cardinal’s issues with Shuli’s perceived potential for power:
Finally is the prince’s words to his guards as well about the conversation he has with Shuli at the memorial party:
All of this is a sign to me that Shuli may actually be the prince’s sister who, for some reason, has been removed from the family. It may also have to do with how she died previously as in chapter 15 we see a flashback through a nightmare that her carriage was attacked:
But that aside, the most convincing evidence to me is the similarity in looks Shuli has with the former Empress.
At first, I thought that perhaps Shuli was related to the former Marchioness as though she was a niece or something, but more and more my perspective has changed as we see the church’s opposition to Shuli and the Emperor wanting the prince to stay away too.
More suspiciously is why the Marquess would have picked Shuli as his second-bride above another lady of noble birth. Surely Shuli is not the only lady of noble birth in a position of such state. Nor would it seem that she is the only one with the kind of heart that would be open to the children and an strong enough mind to hand the quick studying needed to take over the Neuschwanstein household until Jeremy comes of age.
Who really is Marchioness Shuli? Is she really a minor viscount’s daughter? or, as I suspect, an abandoned princess sent away for mysterious reasons.
I asked this question to a friend of mine reading the series and she suggested reincarnation, but we don’t know exactly when the former empress died or how, nor would that fully explain how Shuli looks like her.
What do you all think?