Let’s see, the king is a petty tyrant that threatens his own wife with execution for treason in this game.
If Melissa doesn’t marry the first prince, that is treason. If her father doesn’t force her to marry the first prince that is treason.
Yes, how horrible of her to not give the petty tyrant an excuse to do god knows what, up to execution, to her and her father.
Hey, maybe they could get lucky and he’d only imprison them, exile them, strip them them of their titles and wealth to leave them beggars on the street.
Or hey maybe she could have encouraged her father to defy the king and start a civil war, that would be sure to work out great, especially with the war still going on.
Or try to elope with the second prince, which would undoubtedly end with the prince being disinherited and her family being left to the King’s nonexistent mercies.
She was screwed the moment the king made his announcement, she just chose to not drag her family down with her.
As for throwing water on Sophia, that wasn’t classy, but I imagine seeing someone else get her fondest wish and treat it like shit stuck to the bottom of her shoe left her feeling peevish.