King Felipe has been meeting with Spanish political party leaders as they negotiate among themselves to form a government after a second round of parliamentary elections.
The process has generated some controversy after the leader of Ciudadanos suggested asking His Majesty to help convince the socialists to give up their opposition to a conservative led government.
The conservative Popular Party won the elections but not with the majority necessary to form a government without coalition partners.
Even though the King is deeply involved in hekping form a government, he must remain neutral in accordance with the Spanish Constitution and custom.
King Felipe asked conservative Acting Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, as the winner, to form a government. But its unclear whether he will be able to do so.