King Felipe has been in talks with numerous Spanish political leaders in recent weeks in an effort to build a new government.
Last December’s national elections did not yield a clear winner among establishment and emerging parties.
And numerous disagreements on style and substance are making it difficult for leaders to craft governing coalitions.
The Spanish Constitution gives the King a key role in helping tap the new head of government, particularly in times of political confusion.
His Majesty has been meeting with the heads of each parliamentary formation, except for some anti-monarchist regional nationalist parties.
While making it known he sees the formation of a new government difficult and pressing dialogue, the King is refraining from acting in a way that even appears to violate popular will.