Catalan separatist leaders are requesting a meeting with King Felipe later this week.
The King is scheduled to make a visit to Catalonia and the new government there, led by nationalists, has said it will not welcome the monarch with normality.
Catalan separatists see the King as siding with unionists, especially after a strong speech supporting unity and the rule of law.
The Catalan leaders say they want to open a dialogue with the King where he recognizes the region’s right to self determination.
Update: The Spanish government vetoed the meeting between the King and Catalan leaders, saying it was political in nature. The new prime minister is looking to meet with the new Catalan president in the coming weeks.