In a galaxy far, far away but in a different life… Padmé is a latent force adept and Palpatine is first person who realizes it when he meets the then Princess of Theed for the first time. He starts to wonder of perhaps a secondary apprentice, one who not only understands but appreciates the subtle arts of politics. More then a decade later later Padmé Amidala skillfully uses the Force to manipulate everyone around her.
An art she has perfected, to the point Sidious has no choice to acknowledge that her skill surpasses his own, even if he would never voice it. He does however acknowledge that her talent for manipulation makes her the perfect choice to tempt the Chosen One to the Dark Side. If only Sidious realized that his apprentice might be Anakin Skywalker seducing for her own purposes.