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The Spanish royal family has tried to disassociate itself from the attendance of Felipe VI's nephew at the major rally held by the Spanish right in Madrid on February 10th. Felipe Juan Froilán de Todos los Santos de Marichalar y Borbón - usually known as Froilán - is the eldest son of the king's sister, the Infanta Elena, and is fourth in line for the Spanish throne. He went to the huge march along with a group of friends.

Although all the information given by Madrid newspaper El Mundo suggests that the monarchy was aware that Froilán was attending the rally, official royal sources came to the defence of the young royal and said that the 20-year-old had not communicated his plan in advance and thus they didn't know.

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The demonstration, held at the Spanish capital's Plaza de Colón just two days before the start of the Catalan independence trial, brought together the largest right-wing parties PP and Ciudadanos as well as supporters and leaders of extreme right groups from Vox to Falange, Hogar Social Madrid, and Democracia Nacional. Protesters called for the resignation of the Sánchez government over its "treason" in considering negotiations with the Catalan government, and voiced chants calling for prison for Puigdemont and the Catalan "coup plotters".