And marriage can alter one's physical appearance, too: Dom Duarte seemed to resemble his Brazilian wife (who I realize had no native blood in her). It can't have to do exclusively with genes, which in both cases were largely German. Even the famous Carlota Joaquina, among his ancestors, was mostly German in blood. Her pedigree did include royals from Spain, Parma, and France -- but this does not mean that the said royals had native Spanish, Italian, or French blood.
There is, in fact, scientific evidence that environmental factors can alter one's genes. How else can one explain the Italian appearance of (say) Prince Carlo of Bourbon-Two Sicilies (1870-1949), who like most European royals was largely German in blood? Or the Greek appearance of King Paul, Princess Irene (a sister), Princess Irene (a daughter), King Constantine II (his son), and Princess Alexia (a granddaughter)? In fact, you can add Princess Helen (who became the queen of Romania), Crown Prince Pavlos, and Prince Nicholas to the list of Greek-looking Germans.
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