Phooey! They should be one and the same any switcharoo explaination that comes up afterwards would just look stupid.
Now here is my question let’s say they are the same guy what the Hell was the whole Naboo plot supposed to do? I mean it seems to me whatever original ideas (t)he(y) had were nixed when the Jedis escapped with the Queen and saved the planet from the trade federation.
No wait let me guess the conspiracy was so complicated it involved the Jedi saving her to force the vote of non confidence and… well wait why bother sending Darth Mal? Couldn’t he have accidentally messed up by killing the… maybe that didn’t matter as… Hold on… why bother with treaty?? Oh that was to fool the Trade Fed… Aw crap forget about it
As stated before they just made it up as he went along?