The Prince's Trust, the youth charity founded by heir to the British throne Prince Charles, has announced it will no longer accept donations from Huawei Technologies "in light of public concerns".
"At present, we are not accepting new donations from Huawei in light of public concerns. Future donations will continue to be reviewed by our Ethical Fundraising Committee," the organization said in a statement.
Huawei is currently a major supplier of broadband tech and mobile networks in Britain, but doubts have been raised about its durability in the UK market given officials' frequent warnings of the security risk the brand's products potentially pose.
For instance, in December Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson expressed concerns over the involvement of Huawei in the United Kingdom's 5G network. MI6 chief Alex Younger also argued Whitehall should decide how comfortable the dependence on Chinese technology in developing the 5G network is for the United Kingdom.
In an ironic twist, much of the telecom equipment made by Huawei's non-US competitors — such as Ericsson, Alcatel-Lucent and Nokia Siemens Networks —which could replace the firm's tech on the project is manufactured in China, if not by Huawei itself.