The Government did not foresee a return of the Emeritus like the one that has occurred. With so much spectacle and media prominence. Despite the fact that La Moncloa makes an effort to distance itself from his return and discharges responsibility and explanations in Zarzuela, it is the apex of a triangle completed by the Royal House and Don Juan Carlos himself. The claim would have been a more measured return, with a lower profile. It was not wanted that the first image of the Head of State for four decades was enjoying a regatta after his controversial businesses and the judicial investigations of him.

In the Government they say that the return of the Emeritus is “uncomfortable” for the Royal House, but it is also for La Moncloa. The plan was to move from his position to the Royal House in demanding steps demanded by society towards greater accountability. There was pressure for it, but the times and the red lines of Zarzuela were accepted. That was reflected at the end of April in a royal decree reforming the structure and operation of the Casa del Rey, agreed with the PP. The issue of the inviolability of the Monarch, whose reform Pedro Sánchez defends, was left out. They gave it up precisely so as not to encourage a debate about the Crown.

This discomfort in the Government has been expressed in recent days with the reiteration, more pronounced in recent hours, of the demand that the Emeritus give explanations to citizens for the content of journalistic information in recent years. And also in that La Moncloa and the PSOE make an effort to limit their defense of the Crown to Felipe VI, separating his reign from the Emeritus.

The purpose of the Government and the PSOE was to accompany the current Head of State towards more open positions in “accountability and transparency”, but avoiding issues that generated discomfort or opened a crack through which their partners could enter to question the institution. . Do it with damage control. The conditions and circumstances that have surrounded the return of the Emeritus compromise that plan and give oxygen to criticism.

La Moncloa assumes that by not having pending cases, Don Juan Carlos cannot be prevented from traveling. Yes, it was about, as far as possible, that the Royal House protected the moment of his return, although it is admitted that the Emeritus makes his own decisions. Also that he did not spend the night in the Zarzuela, as it will happen.

In a context in which the Government, the PSOE, has decided to close ranks with the current King, avoiding issues and debates such as inviolability, so as not to give rise to debates about the Monarchy, the return of Don Juan Carlos, and how he has managed it and has once again opened up this debate between his coalition partners, United We Can, and his governance partners.

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